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Etsy Treasury: The Enchanted Forest

So I thought I would share a Treasury from Etsy that I enjoyed. Hope you all like it as well. Do not forget to check out the curator Yeal shop as well, he makes fun polymer clay creations. Enjoy!

The Enchanted Forest by Yeal from Yaelsplace



Creative and Unusual Ring Designs

These are unusual ring designs. They are absolutely cool, in my opinion. I can not really decide which one I have posted below is my favorite. It would have to be between the “Over Size” ring, the unique rings for DJs, or the Space Invaders ring. My favorite designs are the rings by Smiling Silver, check them out. Which one(s) are your favorite? Feel free to share any other designs you may come across.


Creative and Unusual Ring Designs

The custom of giving and receiving finger rings dates back over approximately 6,000 years. People of all classes wore rings and for many different reasons. It could represent ones family by bearing some particular crest, or identify a social status. Members of the mafia wore rings on their little fingers, while the kings would always put them on the index fingers. One of our fingers is even named the “ring” finger, following the worldwide wedding tradition.

Most of the rules and constraints have practically disappeared over the years, and now hardly any protocol applies (unless you’re a royalty, of course). Having become a way of self-expression more than anything else, finger rings is a vast niche for jewelry designers.

Today we can choose from countless of rings, but let’s take a look at some of the most creative and unusual ones. Which one would land on your finger?

Inner Message Rings

“A few years ago a Korean singer wrote a song about the sunburn mark that he found on his finger after he broke up with his girlfriend and removed a ring he had been wearing for a long time. This is the story that inspired Jungyun Yoon to make ‘Inner message’, a ring with hidden letters on the inside.” (Designer: Jungyun Yoon)

Ring Thing Bottle Opener

“This stylish finger ring doubles as a handy bottle opener. Made from stainless steel, the Ring Thing is comfortable to wear, guaranteed for life, and easy to use.” (Designer: StuffJunction)

Bunny Love Ring

“A bunny that wraps around your finger to form a ring!” (Designer: Creative Accidents)

Like Signet Ring

Designer: Lindsey Snell

“Over Size” Ring

An oversized ring that doesn’t fall off the finger. (Designer: Atsushi Yamamoto)

Key Ring

“The longest key on (Key) Ring actually unlocks metalsmith L. Matthew Trotter’s car door. The fabricated piece is made of found brass, brass car keys, and sterling silver.” (Designer: L. Matthew Trotter)

Bird Nest Ring

“This hand made oxidized sterling silver bird’s nest ring is made with several feet of wire that has been crimped and cajoled into a bird’s nest which holds three glowing little freshwater pearls.” (Designer: Cindy Roth)

Screw Ring

A ring made of rusted screws and nails. (Designer: Karl Fritsch)

I LOVE YOU in Braille

“The balls spell the words I LOVE YOU in braille writing and can be felt on the in or outside.” (Designer: Eva Bruggman)

Space Invaders Ring

“These little buggers are trying to hide behind pixels!” (Designer: Tjep)

Unique Jewelry for DJs

“Inspired by urban lifestyle and hip-hop culture, Darkloud Silver has created a unique line of DJ jewelry.” (Designer:Darkloud Silver)

I (Thou) Ring

“An intimate gift by having your vows or love letters bound together and custom made into a ring that you can wear.”[3](Designer: One Origin Jewelry)

Venus Fly Trap Ring

“Ring design inspired by Venus flytrap.” Designer: Monserat de Lucca)

Bitty Bear Face Ring

“A cute little bear to wear on your finger. This ring is a silver color and made with metal alloy.” (Designer: Perfectly Whimsical)

Architectural Rings

“Jeweler connects the world of stones and precious metals with the history of art, science and architecture.” (Designer:Philippe Tournaire)


“By presenting this familiar object [diamond ring] in a new light, this body of work explores and questions the meanings and myths surrounding the conventional diamond ring.” (Designer: Greg Sims)

Creative Rings by Smiling Silver Smith

“Silver rings to make you smile.” (Designer: Smiling Silver Smith)

Brass Lighter Ring

Designer: Monserat de Lucca

Nut and Bolt Wedding-Ring

Designer: Kiley Granberg

Birch Tree Ring

“Cast sterling silver branch, hollowformed sterling silver “hill,” model railroad landscape materials.” (Designer: Sarah Hood Jewelry)

Peace Ring

Designer: unknown


Fun with Polymer Clay

One of my favorite materials to work with is polymer clay. I am working on updating the jewelry section of my shop for the new year with new polymer clay made items. I am really excited for it because I am going to keep up with “geeky” type items but also with a sort of new approach if everything works out as planned.  However, since that is not until the new year. Enjoy these items from other sellers on Etsy who share my admiration for polymer clay.


Costume Time

For Halloween the past couple of years, I go to this convention called Youmacon in Detroit. It last for a weekend and its a chance to throw on a costume and show off your geeky side. The first year I attended I was the Black Widow and the second year I was Rogue. I definitely received a lot of attention and it was so much fun to see what other people dressed up as.

This year I was going to cosplay as one of the two again, but I finally decided to go as Black Cat. I am going to reuse my cat suit from my Black Widow costume as a start and to save money. However, there are a few other things I need for the costume, which was over my price range at few Halloween stores and still needed a few modifications. I simply refuse to spend $30 on something to experiment working out kinks on, especially if things do not go as planned then I just wasted money. This may seem last-minute but I work really well under pressure and never figure out my costume until the 1st of October every year.

List of things I still need:

  • Black Corset
  • Black or White Long Gloves
  • Tall Black or White Boots
  • White Fur
  • Black Choker with Gold Medallion
  • Black Mask
  • White Long Wig
  • Some ideas of how to attach the fur to the gloves, boots, and cat suit. ( I want the fur to be removable from the boots and cat suit so that I can still reuse the body suit for other costumes and still wear the boots for everyday use.)

So lets hope I can get this worked out because I am really excited to go as Black Cat. Hopefully, I get a lot of great compliments again this year on my costume. Any suggestions are welcomed as well.

Here are few photos from previous costumes and what the Black Cat looks like, as well as some shops that I like for handmade costumes and accessories on Etsy. Go ahead and check them out! Even if you already have a costume, you can never have too many and there is always next year.

RavenwoodMasks – Leather Masks for Cosplay and Masquerade, Handmade.

ImaginariumApparel – Theatrical clothing and the ‘darker’ side of fashion

eshopmania – Victorian goth, Gothic Lolita, Gothic, dark Fashion, wedding related accessories and more in future

Peachykiki –  Tailors costumes to your exact measurements and does custom orders for almost costume

Spif – Spiffzaya’s crazy costume and accessories store.