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04/10/2012 02:52 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Childhood Treasures Inspire Custom-made Jewelry

Remember "Rubber Ducky?"

"We all sang it when we were little, right?" asks CustomMade artisan Alison McGlamry of McGlamorous. She created this necklace as an homage to the cute, yellow, chubby fella, "Rubber Ducky, You're the One," complete with glass duck, Austrian crystals, Czech beads, and gold metal toggle clasp.

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Have a favorite toy, song, TV show, movie, or even a video game from your childhood? If you're young at heart (or if you're still playing with toys), CustomMade artisans can take the objects of your youthful devotion (or those of a loved one) and turn them into wonderfully unique and personally meaningful custom jewelry.

What's more fun than a barrel of monkeys and a lot cleaner? The classic Barrel of Monkeys game and these Barrel of Monkeys earrings by Artwork by Jessica Landau, featuring colorful glass lampwork simians and sterling silver ear wires.

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"Who remembers what it was like to rush home after school to sit in front of the television and play 'The Legend of Zelda' for hours because it was your favorite game for the then popular Nintendo64?" Trax NYC does and designed this Zelda Link pendant "to satisfy the inner kid (and gamer) in us." This custom pendant was made from 10k black rhodium gold and sports a tunic of green diamonds with yellow, rose, and blue gold accents.

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Obsessed with a new video game? Can't get enough Angry Birds? Louis Spahni of Rakshasa Glass Studios can create pendants, earrings, necklaces, or little glass miniatures of these mortal enemies for "Fun and Whatever."

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Visit the CustomMade "Get it Made" project board and post whatever quirky, playful ideas you have in mind for custom made jewelry. Here's how one project started.

For a daughter's 16th birthday, a mother posted this custom jewelry request on the project board:

Image is of the Legend of Zelda boss key we would like have made for our "gaming" daughter's sweet 16. Her Birthday is March 9th (more than 1 month but a little less than 3) so we would need to receive it by then. The center stone can be synthetic but would prefer a semi-precious like garnet- key 14k.

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She chose Paul Michael Design to create this gift. He shared the creation story with his customer and CustomMade, complete with step-by-step photos of the process.

From creating a 3D CAD image based on the customer's pic...

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To preparing a 3D stereolithography file (STL) with tooling and paths (with over 235,650 lines of G-Code) to carve the piece from wax...

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To the wax model...

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And finally, the completed necklace!

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For one real boss gift to commemorate your little gamer moving on to one of life's biggest levels or a way to revisit your childhood memories (or your latest high scores and achievements), you, too, can have your fantasy custom jewelry design brought to life. Just start at the CustomMade "Get it Made" project board.

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