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Crafty Christmas 2012

I know this post seems belated, but it was only yesterday that I had the opportunity to give my friend Kim* these necklaces that I made for her. I had never made jewelry before- not even those woven friendship bracelets!- and I only really decided to do this after I couldn’t find the perfect gift. Yes, I’m a bit insane. It wasn’t just a Christmas gift that I needed; her birthday is only a week before the holiday and she was turning twenty-five, so it needed to be ├╝berspecial! The Rabbit Run necklace was made for her birthday, while The Stag and The Rose and Fury Grows Strong were made as Christmas gifts.

Gifts for my fellow Sagittarius; she also happens to love A Song of Fire & Ice/Game of Thrones. House Baratheon & Tyrell FTW!

For the Sagittarius who also loves A Song of Ice and Fire. Houses Baratheon & Tyrell united FTW!

One can never really go wrong using the astrology theme for birthday presents, and since I’m a little obsessed with the symbology and symbolism of both the western zodiac and Chinese astrology, I used both of my friend’s signs. Naturally, I didn’t stop there; gotta add the birthstone for December!

As for the other two on the right, fellow fans of A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones will understand. ;)

The work that went into making these was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be- but that’s not to say that it was incredibly easy! Although I didn’t cast these charms myself, I did have to open many jump rings, wrap a number of wires [and rewrap and rewrap and rewrap all the wires I broke or wonkily wrapped], and figure out the hard way which gauges are the ones for the job. But it was fun! Then again, when isn’t crafting fun?

*Yes, the same one who gave me these kawaii kitty cups last year. She outdid herself this year- I’ll be posting those details tomorrow!