Saturday, January 5, 2013

Year of Jewelry 2013 Week 1 - "Renewal"

Once again, I am embarking on the year long project called Year of Jewelry.  I participated a few years ago and found that it instilled some discipline in my creative process, well as much as you can discipline creativity, as well as keeping me on track just simply designing, making, and more importantly, finishing a piece.  At the end of the year it's always interesting to take a look back and see how my work has grown and changed from the challenge.

The theme of the week is "Renewal".  I walked around saying the word and trying to envision what it meant to me. The recurring thought for me was "Spring" (possible because it's winter and all around me is bare trees and frosted grass!).  So, when I finally had the opportunity I sat at the bench, pulled out the beads and copper and came up with this design.
I cut a leaf shape out of my copper sheet, shaped it, domed it and etched it

used some of my 12 or 14 gauge wire to make some swirly connectors 

wrapped some beautiful blue Peruvian opal beads and some luscious wine fluorite rondells 

crafted a nice clasp for it (again with the 12/14 gauge copper wire)

It's been patinaed with Perma Blue which adds a really nice contrast.



Shaiha said...

I just love your necklace especially the copper links.

Oh and you would probably get more comments if you got rid of the CAPCHA.

mrs beadsley said...

Thanks Shaiha - I appreciate that you slogged though the captcha to leave a comment.............and thanks for the kind comments on my necklace,