Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Heirloom Jewels + What I've been up to...

  A true Jewelry Redux: This custom order started with an heirloom bracelet made of gold and sapphires. It wasn't exactly my clients style but it is very special because it belonged to her Mother. My client wanted to make rings out of the sapphires for the women in her family... so that is exactly what I did. I saved the clasp of the bracelet in case we want to use it on a project in the future. Then I cut a few links apart and filed the metal and then wire wrapped them into rings in the sizes requested. There are plenty of sapphire links left over for future projects.

New (old) key necklaces! See them first at Block St. Party in Fayetteville this weekend!
Working on a project... I sifted and sorted through all my saint/religious medals yesterday. They are all so beautiful! Hard to part with them ;)
 Now I am preparing for Block St. Party this weekend! It will be a fun event if you are in Northwest Arkansas. Check out the facebook event for more info.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Help Me Help a Friend

Jennifer and I worked together at Argenta Bead in North Little Rock a few years back. I always knew she was passionate about helping people abroad and now she has an exciting opportunity. I volunteered to post Jennifer's information on my blog, please read her post and if you can, send her a little love and maybe a monetary donation. Remember, any amount works, $1, $5, or more. If you would like more info from Jen, her email is at the bottom of this post. Thanks for reading! -Brandy

 Hi, my name is Jennifer Bentley.  I live in Little Rock and am excited to have the opportunity to go to Nairobi, Kenya this summer to teach jewelry skills to disadvantaged women.   I will be going to Kenya at the end of June with Melody and Lewis Taylor of Go-Near ministries and hope to specifically work with the Widows Empowerment Project in the Gituamba slums of Nairobi.
 The Taylors have partnered with a local pastor to set up a 2 year sewing project for widows.  These women are sole supporters of their children and often cannot find work to pay for the most basic necessities of life.  I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach jewelry making skills so that they will have another tool to help support their families!

 I am depending on donations for the trip itself and for jewelry supplies for the women.  I would really appreciate your help.  If you would like to donate please send a check made out to Go-Near Ministries to: 600 Mimi Ln “A”, Little Rock AR 72211.

Thank you!
Jennifer Bentley
Please contact me at

Widow and her child.
Gituamba slums of Nairobi
Teaching how to sew.