February 6, 2010
I love the simple sweetness of this bracelet. There are three red white heart Venetian trail beads at the center. “White heart” beads are ones where a color – red in this case – is layered over a white core (heart). In the days when these beads were made, colored glass was harder to make and more expensive so this was a technique used to keep the beads more affordable. I find the white heart also gives the beads a touch of luminosity. I kept the design simple – jet crystal, black glass, aquamarine teardrops and darkened sterling silver chain.
Sometimes when I make very simple jewelry, I question whether I’ve done enough. At times, I will ask my boyfriend what he thinks. He always says the same thing – more notes don’t make a better song. And he’s right – there can be just as much artistry in a simple, clean design as in one with a lot of complexity.
January 9, 2010
Gray is a favorite color of mine. I love it whether it’s soft gray sweaters, furry gray kittens, or beautiful gray beads. Gray is a sophisticated neutral that makes a statement in a quiet way. The idea for this necklace came when I saw the gray agate tubes sitting next to the gray fresh water pearls. It was one of those happy accidents that occur from time to time. I loved the light and dark gray pearls with the agate tubes and made all the dangle segments, not really sure at the time where I would head with the necklace. All of the links were made with sterling silver wire that I darkened to a matte finish that I think shows the beads off better than shiny silver would.
When I went to bring the necklace together, I remembered I had these matte finish hematite beads and felt they were just perfect. They brought another aspect of gray into the design and look wonderful with shiny dark gray pearls interspersed in short intervals. Given that the necklace was made using a single color – shades of that color, shape, texture, and finish had to bring the visual interest and artistry that I seek to create in each piece of jewelry.
January 6, 2010
This is a photo of my work table yesterday. I was having one of those days when ideas were just flowing – multiple ideas for multiple pieces of jewelry, all in a rush and tumble, almost all at once. Some are captured as sketches, others have enough beads pulled together to give me the main idea of the piece. Do I have way too much going on? Probably. Should I reign it in and work on one piece at a time? Yes. And I will.
But when the ideas are flowing like this I let them flow, even if it means temporary chaos. I do what I can to capture each idea and then begin to focus on the actual development of each piece, evaluating each idea for soundness as I go along. I’m excited, I did get some soldering done yesterday. I need to get on my jeweler’s bench and get some sawing, drilling, and filing done today. I can’t wait to see the ideas become reality.
November 27, 2009
My inspiration for making this bracelet was the gorgeous cobalt and white handmade glass center bead. Cobalt blue is a strong color and very often when I use strong colors, I use them with other strong colors capable of holding their own in the situation. This time, I choose a little differently. I did select one other vividly colored bead – the little blue/green/white African Trade millefiori bead and then began softening the colors a bit by adding turquoise.
As you move further towards the back of the bracelet, the colors soften even more – creamy coral beads, a bit of shell, a striped bead in soft turquoise, red and green, two labradorite beads. Tiny bits of black and a single crystal add punctuation.