I know, boring title, right? But I used up all my creativity this week getting a bunch of new jewelry finished for the show this Friday. I managed to make two more pairs of earrings and another belt buckle since I last posted work, plus I finished all the other pieces. So that’s a total of two necklaces, two buckles, and three pairs of earrings. Whewwww!
As you can see, I used similar shapes to tie these pieces together. I started with the big brass and copper necklace, then used those shapes to make the silver necklace. Then I used one of the shapes as the design for the big net earrings. I liked them so much in brass that I made another pair in silver.
The second belt buckle is a variation on the net earrings, I slightly tweaked the shape to fit a scrap of brass. Then I tweaked it again for the nickel backing. Finally, I used some of the inners from the silver net earrings combined with a pattern from that original brass necklace. It comes back around full circle!
So what do think I should name this series? I’m thinking something stone related, but what are your thoughts?
I did it, I made a belt buckle! I had been thinking about it off and on, mostly in the abstract. Then the woman who commissioned the Rose Bowl mentioned it, and I figured, hey, now’s the time to try. I did some looking around for components online and finally just decided to make my own. We didn’t exactly cover this in college, but I had some books with diagrams and such. The biggest problem is that I don’t wear belts – at all. I had to figure it out without first hand knowledge.
I think it turned out well! It works, it looks good, and it only took me two tries. Now I have a plan for future buckle endeavors.
After I screwed up the first try, I took a breather and made a pair of earrings too. I wanted to make something big, but light, and since I’ve been doing the net things again lately, I went with it. I like it so much there’s a silver pair in the works right now. I just have a couple more studio days before the Art Market at Tyler on the 9th, so hopefully I’ll get at least one more new piece done and be able to finish and photograph all of these new ones before then.
That’s right, I still make jewelry too! Remember I was working on a new set? Well, that 6 x 6″ piece of air chased sterling silver became a necklace, a cuff, & a pair of earrings! I’m super psyched to wear them this Sunday at the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 opening at the State Museum in Harrisburg. Hopefully I’ll see you there and you can see these pieces, Fragmented, and bunch of other great art by other great artists too! 2 – 5pm! And teal hair!