Today in the studio I have been working on handmade paperbeads. I discovered that I loved the effects possible using paper to create beads a few months ago during an Etsy Craft Party weekend event. Since then I have been making lots of beads and have quite a few jewellery listings in my ETSY store now.
This afternoon, however, I have been making beads for the #makeforgood campaign – a joint initiative being instigated by Plan Australia and Etsy Australia to bring awareness to the lack of opportunity available for women in small business in disadvantaged and developing countries, and by default the lack of education available to girls in getting them into small business. Funds raised during this cause will be directed toward these women and girls, and this will be achieved by participants (like me) donating 20% of the sales of particular items to the cause. These items must be reproducible so that multiples can be purchased from various buyers.
The campaign has a theme – ” silver linings for girls” – so in keeping with this theme I am making white beads which are highlighted with silver detail. I am hoping to have a range of necklaces and earrings and perhaps jewellery sets available. While the jewellery designs will be reproducible, the exact beads may vary because they are handmade, which means if you purchase you will still be receiving a unique piece of jewellery while supporting a great cause.
The campaign is being launched on the 11th October, so I am still in the design phase, but am not far away from previews of the range, which will be launched on my Instagram account.
Here’s a little preview of some of the beads I made today 🙂
Stay tuned for more preview pics 🙂