Genius Pittsburgher's App Lets You Design Your Own Jewelry

Imagine it, build it, buy it. Bam!

There's a few things you ladies can do when you are hunting for a necklace to match a new outfit.

1. You can rifle through your jewelry box searching for the necklace that you bought that one time way-back-when for Tim's brother's friend's babydaddy's twice-removed-cousin's wedding only to find it hopelessly knotted up with various other necklaces and chains in such a remarkable fashion that not even a sailor could untie them, at which point you grab the mangled mass of jewelry and whip it angrily into the garbage. Not that I've ever done that. Ahem.

2. You can choose a necklace from the store that sort of matches your outfit, even though it's not exactly what you were hoping to find.

3. Use the new iPad app created right here in Pittsburgh by Pittsburghers: MakerCraft!

Imagine it. Build it. Buy it. Receive it in the mail! Without breaking the bank!

Man, I oughta do infomercials. I could be the next Billy Mays. Kick it up a notch! Bam!

Wait. Is that Emeril I'm thinking of?

Regardless, I stumbled upon the MakerCraft table at the recent PodCamp Pittsburgh Meet n' Greet at AlphaLab, where I met the creator of the app, ’Burgher Corissa McClay, and played around a bit with the extremely easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface that allows you to quickly design jewelry using a huge variety of beads and pendants in every shape, color and size. It's like Legos for adults, it's that addictive.

Here's one designed by the MakerCraft folks:

This is a necklace a customer designed and ordered:

And here's a screenshot of some of the beads you can choose:

I don't have an iPad (sad trombone) so I have yet to really sit down and design a necklace for myself. However, my sister has an iPad so I charged her with playing around with MakerCraft one Sunday and well, IT WAS STEELER SUNDAY and this is what she designed:

All those beads and the necklace is still under $14. Kick it up a notch! BAM!

I can't wait to try this and see what I can design.

As soon as I get an iPad.

It's a miracle that I can even get out of bed in the morning.

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