A friend of mine asked that I make her a paper plane pendant after seeing the origami unicorn I had made. I’ll admit it took a bit more effort to make than I thought it would, but it turned out okay in the end.
Here are all the origami themed pendants I have made so far.
Two years ago, when I started making jewelry, I made a brass unicorn pendant meant to be a reference to the origami unicorn in Blade Runner. I wasn’t until later that I started working with silver.
I was then able to make it in the metal that more accurately resembles the metallic paper used in the movie.
While I was making the flat silver unicorn pendant, I considered that I could make it three-dimensional – like the origami crane. And so this silver unicorn was born.
The two origami themed pendants:
A friend of mine commissioned a ring based on the pinch ring. She requested however that the setting be square instead of round or oval, so this was my first attempt at making a setting with squared corners.
This is a simple little pendant I made a little while back. I really like how simple it is. I was going to have it hang symmetrically, having the ring either on the tip of the wing or the crane’s chest, but after testing it out with a friend in studio, we came to the conclusion that it would accentuate the geometry of the design if the pendant was hanging a little off centre.
The flower power ring (no shame for giving it that name) was a practice run for the silver flower crown I wanted to attempt. A friend of mine left her soul crushing job to pursue her passion for photography, and one of her client’s wore a silver crown that inspired me to make one myself – with flowers. Mine is a civic crown – coming together at the back and worn like this. This was my first attempt so I learned quite a bit – like the entire thing became a heat sink which made soldering frustrating at times. It’s obviously not perfect, but I really like how it turned out.
Back of the crown.
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.