One of my dear friends, Bev will bring me bits and pieces of jewelry that she has had tucked away for years. Sometimes it's a necklace, or a vintage silver charm she received in elementary school and sometimes it's broken bits and pieces of necklaces and bracelets. I have gotten a feel for Bev's taste in jewelry so it becomes a really fun project to put something together for her that I know she will love. In custom work, it's all about getting a good understanding of the person's tastes and style before you begin the design process.
Bev brought a broken necklace made of very old jet glass beads and a sterling silver beaded bracelet. I took those two great foundation pieces and designed an asymetrical necklace with a silver wirework clasp and charm holder. The clasp becomes part of the focal point of the necklace. From the charm holder I her first charm a vintage carved tulip bead in ivory that I found in an antique shop.
I made the copper bead cap adding spirals around the edge and added an amethyst bead for just a bit of subtle color.
It's simple, elegant and interesting - also a great description for my friend, Bev. I can't wait to see her smile when I return her jet and silver beads to her transformed into a necklace that I know she will enjoy wearing.
A have another friend that brings me lovely polished stones that she has gathered here and there to wire wrap into pendants so that she can wear them as a necklaces. Little treasures gathered along her journey, now transformed into jewelry. How wonderful is that?
My friends continue to offer me the opportunity to design jewelry for them - something I love doing. It really gets the creative juices flowing... Do you have bits and pieces of jewelry tucked away? I encourage you to get them out and make something new to wear for Spring. It feels great!
What have you created modern jewelry from cast off pieces? If so, I would love to hear about them and see photos if you would like to share.