Dynamic Stretch ~ Form Play

 

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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.

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Flower Necklace ~ An Exercise in Haute-Reuse

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Flower Rings ~ Flowing Into Creative Connections

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?…

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Wildflower Ami: Maxi and Ane Earrings (for Bouquet Collection arriving at the end of November)

Second set of earrings.

Wild friends, Maxi and Ane, are put together in this earring ensemble to create an elegant-craft aesthetic.  The look is old world Victorian charm combined with onyx and jasper stones for a touch of 1960’s modish.  Set in sterling silver, these earrings have beautiful textures.  I’ve tried to magnify them for you in the images below.

Maxi Flowers (bottom) are named after the Sunflower, Heliantbus annuus.

Ane Flowers (top) are named after the Rue Anemone, Thalictrum thalictroides.  

Wildflower Ami: Maxi with Ane Earrings

Wildflower Ami: Maxi with Ane Earrings

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Wildflower Ami: Maxi with Ane Earrings

Wildflower Ami: Maxi with Ane Earrings

Formation of Disk Flowers: Precious Centers for Maxi flowers (named after the sunflower, Heliantbus maximilianii, for Bouquet Collection arriving end of November)

On my bench today are these domed sterling silver disk flowers.  They are woven with silver wire and pyrite seed beads to form dazzling centers for a flower I’ve named Maxi.  Illuminating in the middle are aqua marine beads.  Inspired by Victorian seed bead jewelry they are a detailed design feature of my Bouquet Collection that produce variations, resulting in an individualized imperfect beauty.  I’ll post the completed earring ensemble on Tuesday.

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Flower Melody: Suntine Earrings Bouquet (named after the Sunflower, Heliantbus annuus, for Bouquet Collection arriving end of November)

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.

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