“Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles”
― Sarah Phillips
I’ve had such a fun time this month. I dedicated January to using up some of my “orphan” pieces, and remaking pieces that simply had not sold and needed a new look. I finally saw what it looks like outside of my comfort zone! Here is a picture of my last completely recycled necklace. Made from copper dangles that had been hanging around my bench, I used some lovely beige pearls and jasper tube beads to tie everything together before mounting everything on a sterling chain.
For February, I’ve decided to camp far outside the limits of my comfort zone. I need to learn to make consistent bezels. I have several small drawers filled with beautiful stones and titanium pieces that I have been saving until I learned to mount them professionally. Well – now is as good a time as ever. In keeping with the theme of January – recycling, and February’s theme of stone setting, I worked today on a transition piece. I made it in a wonderful bezel setting class with artisan Holly Gage. I never liked the way it looked, the silver snakes around the opal was far to reminiscent of Dan Quail’s wife’s “flip”. So today I got out my handy Kew saw, and went to work. This is why I always emphasize that all metal clay artists should understand the basics of traditional metalworking. I like this piece much better in it’s current design. I hope you do too.