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Cedar Rapids woman makes jewelry with breast milk and more | State and Regional News

CEDAR RAPIDS — Most people who are passionate about their craft pour themselves into each piece they make. But for jewelry maker Jeaniejo Bailey, every piece involves pouring a part of someone else into it, too.

Two years ago, the Cedar Rapids woman started to make her own resin crafts, adding to her repertoire of skills that included screen printing, sublimation, heat transfer vinyl shirts, glass etching and sewing.

Now, Bailey has quit her full-time job to run Jaw Dropping Innovations from home, where breast milk jewelry dominates her sales alongside jewelry made from cremains and flowers set in resin.

The business started two years ago when she wanted to find a way to memorialize her late dog, Pupper. After searching Etsy, she found that pieces using ashes weren’t cheap.

The business, starting with jewelry and resin pieces that use cremated remains, was created to help others memorialize loved ones in an affordable way.

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But the venture into breast milk jewelry started with the faith of a friend who wanted a different kind of piece and donated some of her milk for Bailey to experiment with. Thanks to a growing trend of women wanting to commemorate their breast feeding journey and a little advertising of her services in niche Facebook groups, the business has taken off.

“I think (the demand is) because knowing how kids grow up so fast and that (young) phase goes by so fast, it’s to remind yourself where (you were) 15 years from now,” Bailey said. “I get to wear this ring knowing I kept you alive with this.”

After a stint of often tiring full-time breastfeeding, her clients buy the jewelry to look back with pride at the labor of love they sacrificed for their children.

“Looking at it, you can

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  • August 22, 2022