Jewelry for Geeks and Gamers: Personalized Dog Tags and COD Charms

personalized dog tags
My game-inspired dog tags

I’ve been inspired by my obsession with Call of Duty, and by the many awesome gaming girlfriends I’ve made while playing online. I thought it would be fun to put something game-related into my jewelry design, and here are a couple of things I came up with: personalized dog tags, and Call of Duty inspired charms.

I put my name on one tag, and team name G33KGIRLZ on the other. To make the tags look a bit more rustic, I gave them a brushed finish and hammered the edges a little. Perfect! Polished the tags with jewelry wax and strung them on stainless steel chain. I love the way they look! Slightly battle-worn, but still shiny. 🙂 Fun for a boy or a girl!

I also found some cute pewter charms and pendants to go with the Call of Duty theme. Combat boots, machine guns, grenades, and more. I’m working on putting them together on necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc. I’ve opened an etsy shop for these, so if you’re interested, go check it out! Geek and Gamer Stuff. I’ll be adding more items soon.

My Latest Literary Obsession: The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games book cover
The Hunger Games book cover

You know I love to read, when I have time. After spending so many years reading textbooks as a student, and several more as a sleep-deprived mother of small children, I finally have time to read for fun!

I’ve fallen in love with a handful of teen fantasy series, such as Harry Potter, Twilight, and most recently, The Hunger Games! Suzanne Collins’ three-volume series of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay, has captured my heart, hijacked many hours of sleep, and occupied my mind for months.

Not familiar with The Hunger Games? Here’s a little intro, from Suzanne Collins‘ site:

Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When her sister is chosen by lottery, Katniss steps up to go in her place.

Yes, the story is gritty and emotional. The first few chapters are terribly depressing, but absolutely necessary. But once I got through that, I could not stop reading! The main character, Katniss, is a strong, practical survivor. The dynamics of her relationships with her family, friends, competitors, mentors, and the public, are complex and interesting.

And if you’re worried that the whole saga sounds too cerebral, don’t worry. There is a whole bunch of very intense action! Life or death decisions, alliances and treachery, love and despair! You will not be bored.

Hunger Games story bracelet
Hunger Games inspired bracelet

After I finished reading the whole triology, I was inspired to create something to represent the story. I came up with this Hunger Games inspired charm bracelet.

I chose an eclectic combination of materials to reflect the dystopian setting of The Hunger Games. The main elements are composed of hand-worked natural brass with a brownish antiqued patina. I chose sterling silver and pewter charms, Swarovski® crystals, and polished glass to complete the bracelet, which tells a story to those who recognize the symbols. 🙂

If you’re a fan of The Hunger Games, go take a look and let me know what you think! If you’re not, check the books out! Cheers!

Ingenious jewelry combines tech and style

These tech-chic pendants are called “Silicon Gallies,” and they’re the brilliant creation of Capitola Girl. She takes used computer keys and turns them into clever jewelry, featuring initials or special key combinations.

I love this CTRL-Z (undo) pendant. The only thing that would make it better would be “Apple-Z.”

Check these out if you’re looking for a cool gift for a geek-chica! You can choose your letter, in silver or black. Handmade, recycled, and pretty!

Twilight trailer and a crafty creation

I watched the second Twilight trailer today, and it is much better than the first one! It’s quite a bit more exciting, and makes it even harder to wait until the movie comes out in December! If you’re not already a fan of the Twilight books (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse), you might decide to check them out after you watch the trailer. The last book of the series, Breaking Dawn, will be released in less than two weeks, and my pre-ordered copy will be delivered by my dashing Man In Brown on August 2!

Here is the movie trailer!

To keep myself busy in the meantime…

I searched several online sources for silver charms representing important things and events in the Twilight books. I came up with seven that are especially significant, and made this Twilight charm bracelet. I started out just making one for myself, but I thought there might be other crazy-obsessed fans out there who would love it, too. So here it is!

I must say, I just love the way it turned out. It is fun and whimsical, and it just screams “TWILIGHT!” You can read all the details and order your own at my Twilight Charm Bracelet page, if you’re interested. 🙂

GeekMom’s Newest Crafty Creation

origami pendant

Hello everyone! Here is a project I worked on this weekend. It combines my love of making jewelry with my love of origami. (Some of you may not know that I am half Japanese, and I love making crafty things.) I really love the florals, swirls, and geometric patterns on traditional origami paper, and I thought it would be great to make it wearable. So…

Ta-da! It’s an origami paper pendant. I made it by cutting out the most interesting and beautiful bit of a piece of origami paper, set it inside a sterling silver bezel cup, and covered it with a crystal clear epoxy resin. What do you think? Super kawaii, right? Kind of like wearing origami, but much more durable. It’s even waterproof!

Give this pretty pendant to your favorite geek

Fuze quartz LED pendant

Well, it may be too late to get this pretty pendant for Valentine’s Day, but you don’t need a holiday to shower affection upon your favorite geek, right?

These unusual pendants are made from quartz crystals embedded with color-cycling LED lights. You can choose your preferred shape, and give your sweetie a luminous, wearable symbol of your heart light. Anyone else thinking E.T.? Sorry…

Seriously though, I would totally wear one of these. I think they are beautiful and unique. If you’re curious, you can get more information on the Fuze Necklace at ThinkGeek.