Dive Into Lila Rice’s Elementary-School Collection
Really: It doesn’t get much cuter.
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
“This kooky little thing was the very beginning of my playing with metal wire. What else can I say about it? Kooky.”
“A very early specimen. I made this button necklace—from my stepmother’s vintage button cache—around age 5.”
“Remember seed bead daisy chains?”
“A clay jewelry box—you can see my early obsession with geometric shapes!”
“I had an amazing skeleton key collection as a kid. I wore this one as a pendant for some time.”
“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!”
“I used to take apart vintage pieces (I know—for shame!) to repurpose them into ball-chain necklaces. Oh-so nineties.”