I seem to alternated between geometric and floral, or overly sentimental designs. This week saw me do another flower ring. I wanted to test this Hydrangea design, so that I could start on a slightly more elaborate piece next week. I want to make a silver flower crown. Overly sentimental for the next few weeks I guess…
I often see designs on the internet that I want to try in jewelry class. The instagram feed of Laurence B inspired me to try this pinched design.
Inspired by the square rings by Yellow Jewellery, I decided to try make one like it. Once you’ve attempted to create something, you have a better appreciation of the skill involved in making the real thing.
Cold connections is something I hadn’t tried before and something my instructor had been trying to get me to do for some time now. I finally did it and I messed it up right away because I put it through the roller too soon. Luckily I only had to double up the layers to give it rigidity. Added amethysts details to the ends to finish it off.
This is the second bangle I’ve made. They work quite well together.
This is one of the last pieces I made in studio last year. I initially wanted it a bit more romantic looking with white pearl-blossoms, but as I was building up the twig with my cut-off silver it started looking more sinister. A dark pearl finished it off nicely.
It’s become a private joke in studio that I like making weapons masquerading as jewelry. This ring is no exception.
I only get three hours a week in studio/class to work on my jewelry. Normally I plan what I want to make, sometimes down to the steps I want to follow – a mise en place of sorts. Often this results in me having time left to make something simple/quick towards the end of class. This is another of the “I have time left to make something” pieces.
When I made the embedded ring, I made another plain silver one just like it. It seemed a little lifeless, so I added a lacy detail and employed the “chemical colouring” technique to add a little more interest. I was binge watching Boardwalk Empire at the time, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the costumes or fashion of the 1920’s subconsciously filtered into the design. On the other hand, it does look like something that had been in the ocean for too long and some sort of parasitic organism was now living off it. (Could also be linked to Boardwalk Empire’s ocean theme.)
Choosing gifts for people is sometimes tricky. Knowing what they like or absolutely adore helps. A friend is leaving Korea tomorrow, and I wanted to make her a custom gift. This time, choosing a gift was easy, because I knew what/who she loved more than anything.
I underestimated how long it would take to make – the canvas is only 190 x 190mm. In the end I got through Season one and two of Fargo. I enjoyed both embroidering the cat and watching Fargo – especially season two.