Art Jewelry Elements January Component of the Month Reveal
These are made with polymer, words from old dictionaries, and resin. Plus layers of paint. And they are just stunning.
She asked us if we had a specific word in mind and I told her to surprise me. Jenny surprised me with the word "create." Perfect!
I wanted something personal for me...a kind of talisman. So I researched gemstones associated with creativity.
What I found:
Citrine: associated with success and good fortune and is believed to enhance mental clarity, cretivity, and willpower.
Amethyst: perceived as a symbol of heavenly awareness and is said to calm and clear the mind.
Labradorite: is a stone that can banish fear and insecurity, fire the imagination, and bring clarity of thought. It is also believed to attract success.
Luckily I love all three of these stones and happened to have some on hand. I included one of each.
I also wanted something to help "remind" me to create. So I cut two pieces of flat bezel wire (I *think* that's what it is. I bought it a LOOOONG time ago and certainly didn't buy it for the purpose of bezeling.) and stamped one with the word every and day. I wanted to emphasize each word rather than put both onto one piece.
Additionally, I included a single lampwork bead. You know, in case I forget what it is I love to create the most and how much I love those little pieces of glass, the feeling of sitting behind a flame and melting glass and creating chemical reactions.
You may have noticed the metal pen nib....I included that to remind me to write. I've let my blog languish. I want to keep a personal journal and learn to make quick
chicken scratches sketches.
I haven't decided whether I like the necklace portion yet. I thought that's what I wanted, but seeing it....I don't know. I like the movement of the big hole fresh water pearls and the rhinestone disk things. But it's not really a style I would typically wear.
When I made the charm holder to attach to the bottom holes of the pendant, I was a tad bit...aggressive. I used. 18 gauge half hard wire. There was very little wiggle room in the holes. I didn't really like the look of the wire looping back down towards the charm holder. So I made a coil of wire on the back of each hole to keep it in place.
Here's the cringe worthy part: I hammered them down. As I was hammering (I was trying to hammer gently!) I was thinking to myself...."This is a really bad idea" but I kept at it. And I broke a corner off. I almost cried. But I kept on and finished the piece.
Sorry Jenny. I really hate that I broke my special pendant :( But thank you for the opportunity to work with it. I really love it.
Please go see what everyone else created for this design challenge:
Hope of Craftyhope -
Sarajo of SJ Designs Jewelry
Jennifer Cameron <-----you are here