In fact, I have repeated this process at least 12 times today, and those posts are still snug as a bug on those earrings!
Anyway, I made a quick pair of earrings today. I bought a bunch of gemstones a while ago, from Dakota stones, including a strand of Pyrite...love this stuff! It has a brassy luster, and the stone is sometimes referred to as "Fools Gold". I paired them with some jasper and a couple of textured copper connectors that have hand set rivets.
Another piece of jewelry that I just cannot get a good picture! The picture below does highlight that brassy gold luster just a bit better.
Also in my last post, I shared a picture of copper cone bead I made, with the intention of making a necklace with fringe.
Well, I made the necklace and the fringe...but I did not use the cone!
The necklace features yet another one of the large - exceptionally gorgeous - lamp work focal beads by Sarah Moran of ZBeads. Every time I looked at this bead, I saw a drum! It's not really a round bead - as the top and bottom edges are flat - like a drum. This particular bead is lined with shiny purple foil, encased in clear glass, and has wonderful thick stringers of orange and red. So pretty!
Still thinking that bead reminded me of a drum, although not a true Clef, like this...
....I made a swirl out of 14 gauge copper and soldered that top hoop closed for security. Added a little texture, and then some bits of silver to serve as the fringe - drumsticks maybe? I am so NOT musically inclined!
The focal hangs from a copper chain, with a hand wrought hook and clasp. Simple, but I like it.
I still have to think of some way to use that cone!
I made a pact with myself to start using the HUGE stash of lampwork beads that I have been collecting. So, I started to make what began as a very simple bracelet with lovely, earthy beads by Judith Billig. Once I had the beads wrapped, I decided to make this a multi-strand (well - two strand) bracelet, so I wired up some handmade chain. That morphed into making a focal toggle for the bracelet.
The picture makes the toggle look HUGE - it is large - about 2" x 1 1/2", but the details on the metal look so cool! Instead of just punching a hole in the toggle, I decided to solder on a round of wire on the back - hiding the connection of the two chains.
Can you see the large (12 gauge) ring in the picture? First I flattened one edge of the ring slightly with a file so it would sit flush on the toggle, and raised it a bit before soldering. I wish I had taken a picture of my solder setup - there was so much stuff on that charcoal block keeping everything "just so" prior to hitting it with the flame - it was comical! But hey, it worked!
I had fun shaping the toggle - it's rather organic...on purpose ... and it truly hugs the wrist when worn.
Judith named these beads Sediment Rustica - love that name!
That's about it for now. I have no idea what my next project will be. I am NOT a planner when it comes to jewelry design. Just like the necklace in this post, I create as I sit down (though I actually work standing up at my bench). Sketching - for me - DOES NOT WORK. I wish it did, as I gets lots of ideas on the fly, usually when I am doing some mundane task like laundry or cleaning. If I just took the time to do a quick sketch, perhaps those ideas would come into fruition. But, the rule "old dog/new trick" applies here.
So tell me - do you sketch? If you do, do your final designs even remotely resemble those sketches?
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!