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Monday, March 12, 2007

Rain & Peacocks & Pearls

Here in Oregon, there has been rain, rain and more rain. It has been very cold and damp with grey skies all week -- not very inspiring. It's the kind of damp cold that sinks into your bones. The kind where you know you own a cat, but haven't seen her for the entire week because she's found somewhere warm to hibernate. So, I took a short break from the studio and spent some time being inspired by this magazine of pure eye candy. Chock full of marvelous pretty things and dazzling techniques to think about!!

I did get a chance to work on some peacock feather earrings and some simple peacock feather pendants. I had been saving them, but working with their bright shimmer seemed the perfect antidote to the rain. With the price of sterling still going up and up and up, I decided to wrap these with copper in what I'm calling the "Chaos Copper Wrap" - free form multi-layer wrapping of very, very thin drawn wire. I really liked the effect and am going to try it with seed beads being wrapped in too.

I also made these. I love pearls, but especially rice pearls. In my design book, rice pearls go with everything. After looking at some photos of old French chandeliers, I was inspired to make several pairs of these little curled copper earrings with, what else? Rice pearls, of course!

I would also like to say how much I am enjoying participating in Lisa OceanDreamer's ONE World-ONE HeART Spring Giveaway! It has been wonderful seeing everyone's creative spirit and meeting so many talented artists! I am so enjoying discovering new blogs and being a part of such a warm, wonderful blogging community! If you would like to join in the fun and spirit of giving, there is still time, just go here to be part of this wonderful experience.


Lizzy said...

I know what you mean about meeting new bloggers thru Lisa's One World, One HeART giveaway. I'm so glad I found your blog through hers, b/c you are simply so talented. I'm not much of a jewelry maker (I learned how to make super basic earrings forever ago), but your creations are inspiring nevertheless. So so so pretty and unique.
Happy creating!

Bejeweled said...

Hi Lizzy! I couldn't find an e-mail for you, so I thought I'd leave you a note here.

Thank you so much for the kind comments - you are so sweet!! Isn't this just a wonderful giveaway? Connecting artistic and crafty bloggers all over the world -- I love it! I really enjoyed your blog too! Can't wait to see what you create with your swap goodies!

Mary Timme said...

I love the giveaway too. So much fun and just Oh, I don't know, is refreshing the right word. I've got way too many people to visit every day, but I try to make it around on rotation. It is a lovely thing to take part in.

Karin (creativechaos) said...

Beautiful! I love the copper with the pearls......Karin