Archive for Handcrafted jewelry

Evolution of a Style

I was looking through my designs and thought it interesting how they’ve evolved over time. Here’s a glimpse:

First I was focused on beads, beads, beads. I still am to a large degree. But then my focus was beading, pure and simple:

Turquoise Blue Necklace

Turquoise Blue Necklace – Handmade turquoise-colored 10mm recycled glass beads from Ghana

Desert Flower Necklace

Desert Flower Necklace – Fulani wedding beads, trade beads, seed beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I started varying my techniques with beads by using waxed cord, knotting and playing with a variety of closures.
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Recycled Glass Knotted Bracelet Recycled Glass Knotted Bracelet
Suncast recycled glass necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suncast recycled glass necklace

I started to get bored with just beading and wanted to take my craft to another level so I started dabbling in metalwork and wire wrapping.

Trapezoid copper and recycled vinyl earrings

Trapezoid copper and recycled vinyl earrings

Trade bead hoop earrings

Trade bead hoop earrings

Copper wrapped swirls and Fulani wedding bead earrings

Copper wrapped swirls and Fulani wedding bead earrings

Variegated oval hoops

Variegated oval hoops

metal clay pendant

metal clay pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I still have a passion for beads, but I’ve grown from just beading to incorporating metal work and wire into my creations. Learning new techniques keeps me fresh and keeps the work interesting. It’s all a part of my journey and …..Who knows where it will go from here?

Tell me what you think about how my style has evolved as well as how your own creative journey has evolved.

Excited About Metal Clay

I’m always excited about learning new techniques to complement my stringing. My latest thrill is working with precious metal clay which is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal (silver, gold, bronze, etc.) with an organic binder. The clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, and once dried, can be fired in a kiln or on a stove. Once the binder burns away, pure metal remains.

Here is a peek at a ring and pendant I made using silver clay.

And here is the finished product.
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This is just my first try. I’m working on perfecting my style though I’m drawn to the organic. Let me know what you think.

Adding Silversmithing to My Repertoire

Though I started out stringing beads, I am constantly trying to improvement upon my répertoire of techniques and methods to add interest to my designs. I recently took a metalsmithing course and I’m hooked. I hammered, torched, soldered, forged and did things to metal I had never done before. Below are some of the results.

My silver design

Here is the sterling pendant I made by first annealing then forming the wire into this shape, then hammering for effect.

Choices, choices

Now I have to figure out what to do with the pendant I just made. Here are other metal pieces that I made and possibilities abound as to how I'll mix and match them. I wonder what I'll do............

Finished Necklace

I decided to string black recycled vinyl discs, center the pendant and hang a sterling ring, inset with a Venetian glass (trade bead), that is too small for my finger. It's become one of my personal statement pieces.

Tell me what you think.

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