Archive for RAM Jewels Recent Designs

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.

Toward the Perfect Blog Post

Well not really. I have this idea of the perfect blog. It is filled with useful content that readers can’t wait to read, detail-ridden photos, and comments from admiring readers and guest bloggers.

This is certainly not my blog, at least not at present. But one day. But these illusions of grandeur sometimes lead to paralysis. If I can’t get my Pulitzer-worthy content onto the page with matching photos, it’s just not worth doing. And so I don’t. I’m sometimes my own worst enemy.

Right now I’m struggling with the usual juggling of designing, inventorying of parts and finished pieces, photographing pieces, optimizing photos for the Web, and marketing. I’ve been spending a bit more on advertising this year and it seems to be paying off; not as much as I’d like, but still. Next year, I plan to be a bit more strategic with the marketing.

In the meantime, I’m working on new designs – mostly trying to diversify my earring inventory and techniques. Let me know what you think.

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