Saturday, 17 November 2012

New Earrings

This is my new creation, the Curvy Boho Earrings with Amethyst.
I love working with curvy shapes. These earrings are made from a solid silver piece, but the curves  give them fluidity and motion. They are oxidized, except for the tiny silver drops that I placed at the edges of the curves. The gemstones are amethysts (lab-created) and their deep, purple color is one of my favorites.

You can find out more about them here.

Monday, 5 November 2012

EtsyMetal Blog Carnival: «Why do you make jewelry?»

It's the first Monday of November, time for the EtsyMetal Blog Carnival.  
Team members write on a common theme. This time it is: «Why do you make jewelry?»

First of all, I love the whole DESIGN process. It gives me the opportunity to explore interesting themes (art history, sea life, comics, emotions, buildings, anything!) and translate them into pieces. I collect information and images in my mind, I let them develop for several days and make connections. Sometimes I make a lot of sketches, while others I have a more intuitive and direct approach.
All this, combined with the limitations (the piece has to be wearable, and metal or any other  material has it's own qualities that have to be taken into account), make a nice challenge.

The FABRICATION part has it's own charm: I love working with metal and as time goes by I learn more things and I slowly build my own studio. Jewellery making means spending a lot of time alone in the studio, and I love being in there, concentrating on my projects and getting creative with materials and tools.

I also like jewelry's SMALL SCALE because it makes it so easy to have a personal object always on your body. And of course it makes me really happy when people wear my pieces. Although there's no practical reason to wear it, it fills the need for EXPRESSION either by creating, wearing or offering it. It can be much more than simply body decoration.

And for me it is a way to convert my ideas, concepts, interests, images into tangible 3d objects.

In making jewelry, I love the journey of transformation
from the flat piece to the final object.

It's really interesting to see my teammates' thoughts about it:
Cynthia Del Giudice -
Laura Jane Bouton -
Beth Cyr
Peculiar Forest
Tosca TerĂ¡n
Mary Anne Karren:
My Precious Studio:
Deborah Lee Taylor:
Anne Walker:
Andrea Ring
Gracebourne Design
Danielle Miller
Evelyn Markasky
Inbar Bareket
Abella Blue -

Saturday, 3 November 2012

At the bench: "BOXED" ring

After a long time... here is my new piece. I made it for the November challenge of the EtsyMetal team I'm a member. I'll try to participate in challenges as much as I can, it's a great way to refresh the designs and make new things.
The November theme was: Design with a letter.

I tried to "translate" the meaning of a word into a 3d object using the letters of the word. I created a box with sides made of the letters b-o-x-e-d  with a little copper flame trapped inside it. The ring shank is  square, to follow the style of the "boxed" idea.

On the bench:
~ I decided what  font I would use (I wanted something bold and steady) and then I made some draft paper models to check the proportions and size of the box.
~ During fabrication, it was a tricky task to file the silver precisely along the lines where the sides of the box would fold, so that they all would be at straight angles with each other. An accidental change of direction of 1 millimeter can affect the alignment drastically.
~ After soldering the box and making the shank, I connected them with a thick silver wire. As a final step I started to remove the extra silver from the box's base, happy with the way it turned out, but suddenly the whole box fell off. The reason is that the solder between the wire and the box hadn't run properly, so the bond was weak.  I must have used less temperature than needed and I had to solder them again.

a. I made very "basic" paper models to get an idea of the shape and size.  
b+c. Securing the sides of the box for soldering.  
d. The solder between the wire and the box was weak and as a result 
it broke later while I was removing the extra silver from the box's base.

I love how it turned out, and another one will soon be available in my etsy shop.
After making many light, curvy pieces, it was a nice change to make a bold, geometric object.

★ Opinions, questions and comments are welcome ★