I purchased some jewelry for myself while I was laid up at home with a sprained ankle. I HAVE to share with you how beautiful they turned out and make you green with envy!
People have been "upcycling" typewriter keys from vintage typewriters from the 40s and 50s. Etsy.com has become a new kind of addiction for me, checking out the earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings made out of these keys.
As a writer, I love the idea that many fingers have typed who-knows-what on these keys: love letters, novels, extortion notes...ah, but I digress.
Etsy shops are known for working with customers on customized exchanges. I contacted a few shops (which I'll give the information below) and had them send me pictures like the one below of uncleaned, unpolished keys so I could select which one I wanted for the jewelry.
Allstrungoutjewelry made this for me:
I also had a pair of earrings made for me, utilizing J and C initials. Jacqueline Thorne of jmtjewelry customized these beauts for me:
And there you have it. The most original gift idea for writers I've ever come across. Gifts for guys are available, too...they have cufflinks here for them.
So what are you waiting for?