Since childhood I've ALWAYS loved jewelry. Not the fancy diamondy stuff either. Costume pieces that make a statement. I remember rummaging my Grandmother Sissy's jewelry box and being so mesmerized by the combination of colors and beads. They had the coolest jewelry back then. If you were to watch my outfits for one week you'd literally see 7 different jewelry looks. My clothes, well recently in cleaning them out realized that I am a solid person....literally I wear jeans and some solid top daily. I've decided this is because wearing patterns would certainly clash with the statement jewelry. Yep.
So, onto the jewelry making. I guess my obsession with jewelry has crossed into making my own pieces to wear. I love trying new techniques.....love. For sometime I've wanted to continue the thread of my paintings into more wearable pieces. I have a printing technique that can literally take my paintings and transfer the images onto tiny porcelain pieces. Unfortunately the company has decided to discontinue most of the blanks I use, and I am down to the last handful of the pendants. sigh. Like I said though, I'm always on the hunt for a new idea to get the creative juices into overdrive. So I pulled out Stephanie Lee's book one more time. My past attempts at her techniques have failed. This time I bought all the right materials and tools and with more than enough determination finished a few pieces. And yes, I'm a widdle excited about the potential here!!!
This past weekend was my show in Birmingham. With two opening receptions there had to be two statement necklaces. Oh yes there did. All the components of the pendants were hand cut and soldered together. Even the little birdie I cut from a piece of sheet metal! And yes, I hand wired the beads together. I've got a nice little system for putting the bead chain together. I love the way the metal and the beads compliment each other.
Last but not least, the pieces were texture hammered and stamped with sentiments.
I've also made the main portions for a flower and a nest pendant. Just like my paintings. I hope to have some uploaded soon into Etsy. I'll be sure to keep you posted!! Hope you've had a creative week!