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  • New Adventures in Handcrafted Jewelry
  • Rachel Barnett
  • austin artistaustin makerbohemianhandcrafted jewelryhandmade jewelryjewelrymakerminimal

New Adventures in Handcrafted Jewelry

New Adventures in Handcrafted Jewelry

I am so excited to sit down and write this post to you today! Today's topic? Jewelry! The last month or so has been a total whirlwind of late nights and minimal free time. I've been hustling what feels like non-stop, working on creating a collection of handcrafted jewelry to display at my very first show! That happened this past weekend, and in my books was a success. I received invaluable feedback and sold a few pieces. Not bad for my first round!

handmade jewelry work in progress

It all started a few years back when one day, I randomly decided that I wanted to learn how to make jewelry. I had been longing to use my hands and mind to create something other than excel spreadsheets, so when I would come home from my accounting job, I would sit at the kitchen table, learning, practicing, and creating, primarily bead work. However, I knew I wanted more. I wanted to learn how to actually manipulate and create the metal pieces. I craved the chance to take a hot flaming torch to the metal until is was red hot. So that's when I did what I said I would never, ever do. I went back to school.

handmade jewelry work in progress

I embarked on this journey never fully realizing how much I would love each and every jeweler technique, every design, and even every mistake. Tough love, amirite? But now that I've tumbled thru this rabbit hole, I'm hooked. Quitting my established accounting career was probably one of the scariest decisions I've faced along the way, after all, I spent four years pursuing that degree, and another five building up my experience and knowledge. But I've known, probably always knew, that there was no way in hell I was going to last in accounting until the ripe ol' age of retirement. I've always had a creative personality, and I felt like I was slowly dying inside my cubicle each day. I'm lucky I had the support of my family and most importantly, my dear husband Spencer. I don't know if I would have ever worked up the courage to quit my job when I did, but it was his support and endearing words of encouragement that gave me the confidence I needed to jump head first into this creative en devour.

iolite and sterling silver handmade jewelry

So, I left that world behind and took a job with a local Austin designer. That leap was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my professional life. I have learned so many things pertaining to the small maker business community, and it hasn't stopped. It's really opened a window of insight into what it takes to make it in this world, and how you can be an artist and make an honest living with your work. It continually inspires me to push myself and to realize my dream; the dream of selling my work and building the Oh Little Foxes jewelry brand. A brand centered around a set of core values including quality, service, and creativity.

iolite and sterling silver stud earrings

Its been a long journey, with plenty of stabbed, sawed, filed, burned, and blistered fingers along the way, but its been worth it at every step. I look forward to continually challenged myself, learning new skills, and perfecting each one along the way, as it fulfills my insatiable appetite to expand my knowledge.

brass cuff handmade jewelry

So with that being said, I dedicate this post to my friends, family, and Spencer. I couldn't do this without you; your encouragement, positive attitude, and genuine joy fuels my fire and keeps me working, even when it means I come home from work and immediately jump on the bench until bed time. Thank you for always standing by my side.

brass and moonstone handmade jewelry, mixed metals

P.S. You can purchase my jewelry soon(ish) once I get all the shop details set up :) In the meantime, feel free to send and email if anything peaks your interest.

  • Rachel Barnett
  • austin artistaustin makerbohemianhandcrafted jewelryhandmade jewelryjewelrymakerminimal

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