Non-traditional graduation charm bracelet

My take on the graduation charm bracelet features the inspirational sayings I wish someone had told me when I graduated from college, and especially when I graduated from high school. I was much too worried about what everyone else wanted, and it seems like that problem has just gotten worse for kids these days. Other people’s expectations can be a real burden. Plus, the world keeps changing. What worked for one generation could be irrelevant for the next – unless what worked was being true to oneself. That advice never goes out of style.


Mixed metals and consistent messages.

Don’t tell me what the fuck to do

I can’t stand it when inanimate objects tell me how to be, or feel. The exception is when there is cursing. Somehow, the humor of it bypasses my resistance to being told what to do, and I can accept the positive message. Given this weird quirk of my personality, I decided to use my kiln to make my own graduation charm bracelet. I transfer my handwriting to bronze and copper metal clay. After kiln-firing, only metal remains, but it is metal with an organic, not at all machine made, look and feel. The medium is part of the message. Don’t try to be like everyone else. The point is, get excited about what interests YOU and fuck the rest. Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing.

So much advice

Obviously, graduation advice abounds. And much of it is quite good. From Dr. Seuss to Steve Jobs, there are countless pearls of wisdom to be had. NPR even complied a list of the 300 Best Commencement Speeches.

The graduation advice I wish I had received can’t be found on public radio, which is understandable. Part of what makes cursing powerful is the taboo surrounding it. However, what you wear on your wrist is much more personal and subtle than what you broadcast on the radio. Context matters!

Most graduation charm bracelets are, shall we say, more mainstream. Joseph Campbell was right on with his advice to  “follow your bliss,” but our culture has (mostly) turned this into a platitude. My “best fucking advice” charm bracelets are not platitudes. They are truths that remind the wearer to take action – or at least that’s the goal! They are available from FYeahJewelry on Etsy. Each one is custom made and feature its own set of wisdom.




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