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 nature and vintage style. Working on new earrings for Spring.
This is my newest collection of earrings. Inspired by the beauty of wildflowers.
I’ve taken opposite style movements, that of the 1960s and Victorian, and created a design essence for the collection that is rich in texture, elegant, and bohemian in spirit.
These earrings are handcrafted out of raw material in my tiny studio in New York City. Each earring has a life story “Life as a Wildflower,” you can view on each product page. They wear comfortably on your ears for your everyday, and are made to be jewelry cherished for life.
You can view the collection here.
I’m creating a beautiful textural collection called Bouquet Collection: Life of a Wildflower. Each part of the collection (earrings, necklaces, and bracelets) will be introduced in the coming months. The earrings will be in November with the necklaces and bracelets following during the cold winter months to keep you inspired.
Bouquet Collection is inspired by wildflowers, Victorian seed bead jewelry, and the diverse trends of the 1960s (a decade that broke a lot of fashion traditions). I’ve merged these inspirations together and assembled each part using my metalsmithing techniques, that is all handcrafting, to create the imperfect elegance I call Modern Day Grace.
The subtitle of the collection, Life of a Wildflower, will tell a short story of each flower’s life 🙂
I’ll be highlighting the earrings as I complete them.
Below is the first set, Suntine Earrings, in sterling silver with garnet and black onyx centers.