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I really should be studying, but instead I'm posting about jewelry.

I really have been ignoring jewelry in favor of studying, for the most part, which is why I don't have much that's quite finished to show. But I can't quite decide what to do with this anyway so maybe it'll help. I've taken a couple of classes lately from a woman named Kay Hand (there's some of her pieces at the linked site). The first class we made some beads and did other things with several different techniques and I learned a lot but I didn't really come out with much to show for it - which is okay, the techniques were what I was interested in. (You were supposed to come out with a necklace, but I never quite got mine to that point.) I do have some beads from it somewhere but I didn't get a good picture of the ones I could find, and the rest of them kind of got scattered - I'll get them back together eventually! But the piece above is from the second class, and so is this one, which I haven't done anything at all with yet:

She gave us two copper rectangles and let us play with them with a torch and hammer and punches and such, basically - that was the gist of it. It was a lot of fun and I like both of them, but as I said, I don't quite know what to do with them. Kay's class samples had a ton of things dangling from them. (I only punched holes in one side of the second one - and there are two holes in the top that you can't see, to string it on - and I'm thinking that if I dangle too much stuff from one side and not the other it's not likely to balance very well. But maybe I can take advantage of that somehow. It's not like it's supposed to be symmetrical, in the first place.) I was toying with the idea of calling the first one finished, but really it didn't feel finished to me, and last night I added a couple of things to it but I didn't take another picture yet. It's certainly not finished at the point it's at now (the modified point), in any case.

The only thing I actually seem to finish is earrings. These I made from some lampwork beads I've had for ages. I'm pretty sure that Erica from TUS made them. You can't really tell in the picture, but they are actually very pale pink.

These are from a string of green agate (it's probably been dyed, I would think, to be that bright) - I am sort of wanting to make my earrings really simple these days, if you have pretty beads you don't need too much else! I have a whole string of these so I may make a necklace or bracelet or both, I haven't quite decided. I think they're really pretty, though. Also, can you tell I'm really into copper right now? (Another thing I'm into right now is playing with chain - I'm thinking about a necklace with agate beads across the front and chain the rest of the way around, less heavy that way.)

This is some of the stuff I've bought lately, from various places - the agates are the bigger green ones, and I think the other greenish string may be chrysophase; the two at the top I think are shell, the other (elongated) blue beads are glass, and the stuff at the bottom is some sort of reconstituted mosaic-y stuff, as I understand it. Gemstone bits mixed together, or something like that. I really gotta start making time for some jewelry-making, just to get rid of some of this!

Date: 2009-07-24 01:04 pm (UTC)
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For a queen, I've always been surprisingly unenthused about jewelry, and shoes. Oh, I LIKE them, but it's very rare they get me swoony. (I don't even have pierced ears, I'm ashamed to say.) That being said, these do seem very nice to me.

Date: 2009-07-25 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Y'know, I don't really swoon THAT much over jewelry, either - well, I guess obviously that's not completely true, but at least, I don't swoon to the degree that some of the jewelry-mad people I know do, let's say that. The earrings might give you an idea of my basic style - I like things fairly simple & unfussy. It's the reason I'm having trouble with the necklace that's supposed to have lots of dangly things - I think necklaces like that are cute, but I don't really wear such things much. So I'm trying to push my boundaries a bit and come out with something a bit different than what I usually make, but still something I'll actually wear! It's a bit of a trick.

(And shoes are not my thing at all. I've only had two pairs on all summer.)
Edited Date: 2009-07-25 08:35 am (UTC)


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