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Monday, November 28, 2011

Twisted Wire Earrings

Here are five new earring listings now in my on line shop.  As much as I absolutely love these I must admit they require a lot of time to make.  First I doubled up some wire and twisted it.  Then the twisted wire went around a mandrel.  Time in a bath of liver of sulphur, but more time removing the excess, etc.

These copper earrings are 2 5/8" long and are listed for $20 in my on line shop

These earrings are 2 5/8" long with Swarovski dangles are listed for $20 in my on line shop

My all time favorite stone is the Crazy Lace Agate.  These can be found in my on line shop for $20

I'm always fascinated how a different stone or crystal can have such a large design impact.

Clear Swarovski crystals are like diamonds and go with everything!  They are in my on line shop for $20

These have some extra Swarovski bling with Capri Blue crystals.  They can be found here for $20

I am seriously thinking about buying my antiqued copper ear wires in bulk.  They just take so long to make that I believe it would be less expensive to buy them.  It would certainly save me a lot of time. I've watched customers and listened as they look and purchase and I have never ever had someone make a remark about the hand made ear wires.  I really don't think they notice or care.  It seems like they are focused on the decorative component.  Sorta' like buying a car.  Folks look at the body of the car and not the tires. 

These earrings have been adapted from a design in Wire Style by Denise Peck, published by Interweave.  Her original design calls for sterling silver with a lovely blue bead.  You can find this book here.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope this addition made sense.  I'm a bit tired, but really wanted to get this post out to you.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

3 Necklaces 1 Influence

I have just completed 3 necklaces.  If you look closely they have a similar theme, a similar pattern, but yet I believe they all have different personalities.  I even think I could expand on this pattern and continue to create more personalities.

This necklace is accented with blue metallic crystals is now listed in my on-line store at Artyzenstudio.etsy.com

To begin a new jewelry project I need a new idea.  I have actually woken in the morning with what I think is an original idea.  I've even had an idea 'pop' into my consciousness while engaged in a mundane conversation.  I wish this happened all the time, but it doesn't.  New ideas, for me, require research and experimentation.

This necklace is accented with clear crystals and will be at WV Highlands Gallery

Often I have my face buried in a new jewelry publication.  When I have seemly memorized every book or magazine I find myself surfing the Internet.  I love looking at the creations on Flickr.  And I'm always thrilled when my Google search presents me with a jewelry artist that I hadn't seen or found before.  This is how I came across Zoraida Bros.  I immediately fell in love with her wire jewelry.

This necklace is accented with double spirals and will be at MountainMade

Making a duplicate of what we find in a book, magazine or from a wire artist web presence is (I think) typical of so many of us.  I want to see if I can do it.  I want to learn the technique.  But, claiming the original design as our own, well I don't think that's cool.  I personally think if the design is out there in public land, then its to learn from and enjoy the talent.  But if we use it to inspire our own creations, well we should put our own personal touch on it and it would be nice to acknowledge who was/is our inspirational artist.  I don't think there is anything legal that requires it, but it's nice.  When I worked in the corporate world and a co-worker had a great idea and their boss ran with it as their own, well that just wasn't nice. 

Each necklace starts with many components being made and sorted in my high tech ice cube tray.

So kudos to all the original jewelry creators out there and thank you for your inspiration.

All of the components are assembled in their raw copper form.

I started out by falling in love with Zoraida's necklace and wanted to see if I could make one for my personal use.  As my wire was cut and shaped my mind (yes, I talk to myself) said, 'why not change the spirals in the original design to the double spirals (I call them mother and child).  So I added my double spirals.  Then as I continued to think and have an inner dialogue I thought, 'what if I added crystals?' And so I did.  Since there was still time in the day I wanted to continue and asked "what if I incorporate crystals in between the links?  Well you can see from the pictures how the personalities of the necklaces differ

The necklaces are then oxidized in liver of suphur which turns them dark.  Then each link is polished to remove most of the oxidization to reveal the depth and shine of the metal below.

I've thought about using twisted wire, using silver and bronze wire, add pearls, hammer and texture the links, change the size of the links, use more than one type of wire, well the ideas and changes keep coming simply by asking and then doing, what if I changed......

Thank you for visiting.  I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.  Linda

Monday, November 21, 2011

A Great Folding Cart For Hauling Our Creations

I was blogging around the jewelry world and found this perfect and very helpful list prepared by Jennifer Kahn, for those of us that haul our creations to festivals, fairs and farmers markets.  I'm planning on buying this folding and expandable cart that she mentions.  Plus, I love the idea of handing out stickers to the children of my shoppers.  I hope that you will find this link helpful.  Have a wonderfilled and joyfilled day. Linda

Here's the link to read Jennifer Kahn's list and for a link to the cart. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Double Helix Pendant on the Drawing Board

I was looking and thinking and contemplating a new pendant idea.  It was staring me right in the face. My favorite bracelet!  I've decided to design a double helix link into a pendant.  Sometimes if I look to hard I miss what's obvious.  I'll post a picture, as soon as this new design comes off the drawing board and becomes a dimensional new piece of jewelry.

Here's my inspiration.