I love hearing the words "Hi Brittany, I have some clients who want some jewelry..." I then get to create some new jewelry, pull out parts and pieces of stuff I have been working on to present to them or tweak something I have already made. In this case I have had these water casted pieces I have been dabbling with but hadn't really committed to anything yet. So I assembled them into pairs for cufflinks or earrings and took it from there.
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Some of them don't play well together, some of them nestle inside of each other like they were made for each other and it is fun to see how the shapes come together.

Then for the soldering, pickling, patina, polish, and photo and they look like this... (yes that's a lot of p's)...
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I want to do some without the patina also because I like the pickled white color with a little polishing...but that's another batch on another day. They are off to the approval committee! Wish me luck!

 

Design ideas...

03/02/2011

 
In my travels throughout my days I find things that inspire me that are totally unrelated to jewelry. I was at my wellness chiropractors office and kept staring at this basket that, in my head, was transforming itself into jewelry designs.
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I see that as a cool pendant either in wire or with different layers of metals or as the center of an abstract cuff. If you rotate it 90 degrees it would make a dramatic pair of fan earrings!
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How my brain runs with this idea is to break it down into parts and pieces and reassemble it (I have engineering genes from my grandpa's) in wires, bands, textures, patinas, or different materials. I don't know about you but my eye is drawn to certain parts of this design that flow more.
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I also do a lot of altered books and mixed media paintings and I can imagine how this could become a layered skirt or title block for a page. What I love about telling you this is that if you were to do what you are imagining I am describing and I did what I just tried to convey they would look totally different!

I will let you know how this turns up in my art!

What do you see in the baskets and how could you apply it in your artwork?