Some of my favorite pieces

I have made hundreds (maybe thousands?!) of pairs of earrings this year, and as I was going through them preparing for the upcoming Royaboya Handmade Bazaar, I realized that I have some definite favorites. I also realized that my favorites fall into a few specific categories!

Telling a Story

There is nothing that brings me greater joy than sitting at my desk, taking tiny pieces of clay and turning it into a small canvas. Polymer clay earrings are like a story in miniature - my favorite pieces evoke a feeling or atmosphere. Like you could dive right in and be totally seeped in that vibe.

handmade polymer clay earrings that look like stone with a window and two potted succulents.
portal into another story...

Connection to Past and Future

I also love crocheting - I've been crocheting since I was eight or so, and one of the best things about it as far as I'm concerned is how connected I feel when I have my hook and thread in hand. I feel connected to generations of women that came before me. And I feel connected to future generations as well -- I can't count the number of times I've been crocheting out in the world when a little kid came over, curious with questions about what I was doing. I love heritage arts - and I love the little stitches, the tiny details, the rustic and folk feeling and making it something people want to wear here and now.

handmade crochet teardrop earrings in green
classic Royaboya crochet teardrop earrings

Connection to my Heritage

I also love the earrings that feel the most *me* - the ones that feel like they not only connect to heritage arts in general, but the ones that connect me to my heritage. Like this pair of pomegranate earrings. I will always have a love fest with pomegranates. My Persian father grew up on an orchard of them, and they have been a symbol of that side of my life for a long time.

hand holding handmsde clay earrings that are black with red pomegranates

Lessons Learned

Beyond the end result of the earrings, my favorite pairs are also the ones that taught me something. Maybe I saw a new technique, or discovered a new material, or some previous limitation of what I could do was blown past. When I started to get really detailed in some of my floral earrings, that was an aha moment for me.

handmade earrings with white diamond background and pink and orange intricate floral details