Tarina Tarantino started making jewelry as a child and she picked it up again during her time as a model. Her (future) husband encouraged Tarina to start a business with her jewelry. During that time (the 90’s) minimalism in fashion was at its peek, so it was difficult to sell her chunky and bright jewels. Luckily one shop dared to sell Tarina’s creations and when the first celebrity-customers showed up, things went uphills from then on.
Tarina hired people to start the Sparkle Factory where her jewelry is handmade. She’s now able to have charms and even beads custom-made. And she has collaborated with brands such as Barbie, Hello Kitty and Kidrobot, lucky girl!
Tarina’s inspiration comes from travels, books, vintage items and I think I see some 80’s influences as well:
I hadn’t heard from Tarina Tarantino until last week, when I saw her book called ‘The Sparkle Factory’. Her fuchsia coloured hair on the cover immediately drew my attention. The book starts with an introduction on how she started her business, followed by tips on how to get inspiration and what tools to use. I’ve been making jewelry for almost a year now, but still learned about new tools and techniques from the book. The main part consists of 20 DIY projects, where you learn to craft your own necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and other accessories. Some crafts were a bit too bold for my taste, but it’s still nice to see which techniques Tarina uses. I got a lot of inspiration and ideas to work with other materials.
This is my favorite project, featuring different chains, toys and Japanese erasers:
Other cute projects are the Scarlet Sequin Choker and Bow Tie Bangle:
The last part of the book is about wearing, storing and organizing jewelry.
If you are not already into jewelry making I would advice you to start with one kind of material and jewelry first. This way you can see if it’s something which you’d like to do without spending a fortune on tools. Oh, and don’t expect everything to go smoothly from the get go ;) At first my eyepin loops were a disaster, I honestly thought I’d never learn (-_-;;)
These are the tools and items that I use most for making necklaces:
– Cutter pliers
– Round nose pliers
– Flat nose pliers
– Chain (brass or plastic)
– Jumprings (rhodium plated)
– Lobster clasps
– Eye screw bails
– Large ruler (to measure the length of the chain)