Last year the kids bought me my very favourite item of jewellery, a bookcase necklace. I adore it. It tells people something about me as soon as I meet them, and I don’t mind people knowing that I like books! When I wear it, it always gets comments, and as I’ve a suspicion that it might be popular with my readers here, I got in touch with the designer, Cory, and asked her to feature, and she’s being extra lovely and is offering up a give-away prize, too, for one of my readers. So, let me introduce you to Cory and her work at Coryographies…
I worked in an office and a colleague was making jewellery from dollhouse miniatures and selling them on Etsy. I thought it was a cute idea, and wanted something creative to do in the evenings. I bought a load of Fimo, watched a load of Youtube videos, and began making my own designs. In fact my first designs were miniature sushi platters. I was experimenting was making little bento boxes out of wood, when I got the idea of making a bookshelf. The first bookshelf necklace was born! It sold from my Etsy shop really quickly, got featured on the front page, and a half-dozen people messaged me about ordering one! I was so surprised, but happy people liked it. I love books and being around books, and after that all my designs became book themed!
I think it surprises people how small the bookshelf necklaces are (1.5 inches tall). I try to make them really detailed. They’re also extremely light, since they’re just wood and clay. I varnish them with Fimo’s glossy varnish, which after a lot of trialling different varnishes, is the most durable and long lasting varnish. It doesn’t yellow, and I have customers who have been wearing their necklaces for three years now and they are still going strong! The necklaces get lots of compliments, so it’s fun to wear them out and about. People instantly know you are a book-lover!
The very first bookshelf necklace, from back in 2011! They really have changed over the years… I look back and think they’ve improved a bit…!
This is my desk (at the tidiest point it’s ever going to get – specially posed for the photo, I’m by no means actually tidy with my crafting!!)
Here are some empty bookshelves, ready for their books!
Here are some bookshelves, waiting for their finishing touches. A bit more gold paint, and then the varnish…!
I’ve started making more earrings, and last Christmas these earrings became my new bestsellers, and it has remained this way all year – I’m working as hard as I can to have a big stock of these for this Christmas! They are cute and tiny and lightweight, so I think they are popular because while the bookshelves are a bit more of a statement, these earrings are a bit more subtle and can be worn anywhere.
My best selling bookshelf necklace is actually my Harry Potter Bookshelf Necklace! It’s fun, and I have made the other houses for people as well – Gryffindor is of course the most popular 🙂
And this is my newest bookshelf necklace – my French Lavender Bookshelf Necklace! It has a little sprig of lavender tied with a bow on the middle shelf.
My favourite book of all time is Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel. It is about a modern human who is raised by Neanderthals during the Palaeolithic – I think I owe my interest in Palaeolithic archaeology in part to that book! It just fascinated me that prehistory stretches back so much farther than civilizations and written language and agriculture. I also loved how the heroine in the story was so strong and curious – I really admired her while growing up, and the book remains very important to me because of this.
Being around books has always made me happy, my husband and I have quite a collection. So it makes sense that Coryographies has turned so book-themed. I think one of my favourite things about my job is that I meet a lot of other book-lovers. Academics, librarians, teachers, authors, book-review bloggers… all brought together because we love the smell of paper and the exciting feeling of being lost in a story! I can’t see myself ever ending the business, even with a future career. It’s just too much fun to stop!
And I am so delighted to say that you now have a chance to win a pair of those best-selling book earrings there! Yes, to be in with a chance, just answer the question and use the rafflecopter to enter. Give-away’s open to UK residents only and ends at midnight 30th November 2014. Good luck!
What do you think? Love?