A while ago, I promised to show you another variation on the same basic idea. After the circle, rectangle, square and oval, this is a rhomb, and this time the flower has coral beads on its “petals”, too. I promise, no more versions of this 😀
My favourite colours are orange, red, green, brown – it’s only natural that I like to use copper wire for creating my jewelry: it can have a great, rich tone and texture (especially when hammered and oxidized), and it goes perfectly with the beads and stones of the above mentioned colours.
Lately, however, more and more people have suggested that I should try using silver plated wire as well, because there are people – potential buyers -, who prefer that. I’ve tried. Here you have the result that – to my surprise – are not so far from my taste either.
I have already shown you the original idea in the Reminders of the summer post (the first photo), but I didn’t stop there: I tried it with circle, ractangle, square (and even with rhomb, but that is a different story, I will post it later). My favourite is the big, round one with the aventurine bead (first photo).
Originality is a delicate question in the world of handmade. When is it taking inspiration, and when copying? Are there any designs nobody has thought about so far? Can we make something totally original?
When I crated this pendant, I was proud of myself: I designed something I have never seem among other wire-artists’ works. When I showed it to a group of “colleagues”, however, immediately came the comment: very nice, but she has seen it already I don’t know where. First I was disappointed, but then I came to the conclusion, that for me I am the inventor, and that is enough originality for now 😀
I made these small pendants a while ago, in the last days of the summer. Both are made of cooper wire and this time I didn’t oxidize it. The center of the flower pattern is a coral bead, and the 8-shaped pendant contains two glass beads. Two joyful reminders of the summer in the dark days of the autumn.
Lots of times have I found and admired on the internet elegant, sophisticated, light weight necklaces with small pink and purple beads and lots of spirals – and I’ve always known that they are not my style. I am not sophisticated and light weight, so how could my jewelry be like that? I like elegance, but my version of it is more robust, with simple lines and clear colors. I’ve created this necklace for a friend, to match a party dress, and it is one of my favorites.
These are the first pieces of jewelry I’ve designed for someone else: my college roommate and friend. This way it was easier for me not to keep this set for myself (I have problems in that department :-), and it was an interesting process to try to come up with a design and materials to suit somebody’s personality. I think it was a successful attempt 😀 The elegant rose quartz coins are framed by a simple wire pattern, and the boiled egg treatment gave the pieces a nice, antique-y feeling.
I like online shopping (I buy books, clothes, household appliences) because I can find almost anything, compare products, prices etc. So far I have usually bought my jewelry materials from webshops, too, but I have met some problems: I cannot buy by the piece, I have to wait much, the photos sometimes don’t even resemble the real color of a wire or bead etc. That is why I was very happy to discover a small shop that sells just what I need (besides the wires, unfortunately). I can touch the beads, see their color and texture, feel their weight – I behave like a kid in a candy store 😀
This pair of earrings is the first result of my frequent visits to the shop. I added a simple wire motive to the unakite rectangle – and that’s it!