Dive Into Lila Rice’s Elementary-School Collection

01/14/2013

Really: It doesn’t get much cuter.

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Little Lila, crafting away.

Long before jewelry wonder Lila Rice Marshall started playing with mixed metals—brass, copper, silver, and gold—as a big kid, she was whipping up amazingness with beads, seashells, and chains for her friends in grade school. Here, Lila talks us through some of her earliest work. —alisha prakash

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“This kooky little thing was the very beginning of my playing with metal wire. What else can I say about it? Kooky.”

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“A very early specimen. I made this button necklace—from my stepmother’s vintage button cache—around age 5.”

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“A clay jewelry box—you can see my early obsession with geometric shapes!”

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“I had an amazing skeleton key collection as a kid. I wore this one as a pendant for some time.”

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“For a couple of years, I was really into making paperweights and brooches from seashells, sea glass, and two-part epoxy. This is one that still lives at my mom’s house. I remember a dear family friend included some of these in an opening at her gallery. I made thirty bucks!”

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“I used to take apart vintage pieces (I know—for shame!) to repurpose them into ball-chain necklaces. Oh-so nineties.”

Get Lila’s grown-up creation: These mesh-printed gold earrings slay us.

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