Reaching for more design options to construct necklaces using scrap cutouts. While the drawing is a preliminary idea, the abstract foliage pieces soldered onto sterling silver disks and the loose tiny flowers are inspired by Matisse’s paper cutouts. The layout is for a necklace that will be heading to my bench this week for fabrication.
Made from flower skeletons and recycled sterling silver metal pieces. This necklace was an exercise in creating refinement and beauty using leftover metal from my Bouquet Collection (see post below). Last year I designed this collection that required hours of hand cutting flowers from sheet metal. I became inspired by the skeleton pieces that collected in my bench catch, falling at the last cut, into a mountain of shimmering light made by reflections from the curved and jagged edges of the flower skeletons.
Flower Necklace is textured with layers of sterling silver metal, fabricated using age-old metalsmithing techniques of sweat and joint soldering, and sawing. Each chain link is made from scrap wire, and the clasp is set with a picture jasper cabochon surrounded by black onyx seed bead petals.
HAUTE ~PASSIONATE ~ UNCOMMON ~ ELEGANT ~ POWERFUL ~ EXUBERANT
For months I’ve been collecting the negative part of the flower cutouts that I sawed from sterling silver sheets to make the flat flowers for my Bouquet Collection earrings and necklaces. These negative parts, which I call skeletons, have kept me intrigued and wondering, thinking and contemplating designs.
I grabbed a bunch of the skeletons and rounded them into rings to get things flowing.
What will they become?…
Inspired by 1960s flower power motif and Victorian seed bead jewelry. For their creation story, visit the Bouquet Collection here.
Inspired by nature and vintage style. Working on new earrings for Spring.