I'm trying to stick with the Brooch a Day challenge again. I decided that each day I will try to incorporate some part of my day into the pin that I create. Today, I was figuring how to balance things in my life. So, I started with a circle. Then divided the circle into a texture and a non-texture.
There's always a pull between one thing and another. Embrace them both and wear them like a badge. Balance.
Follow my 2013 Brooch a Day challenge progress here.
See the full group of participants and their brooches here.
I made a little pin. This piece of coral has been waiting for a setting. I decided to make a special bezel for it, with a swirl design. It looked a little too lonely, so I added a fat little pearl.
Overall, I added a stippled texture, like the bottom of the ocean floor.
It's just a little pin, just 3/4 inch high. I call it Remembering the Sea.
I've added it to my Bones of the Sea Collection. Click here to purchase.
I made this ring this week. I call it the Pirate's Freedom Silver Wedding Band Ring. I am so happy that this design sells so well, because it's one of those rings that I never get tired of making. Although it's alot of work, it is repetitive work, that allows me to enjoy some good music while I file away. I truly get in the zone, enjoying the process and sending good thoughts to the couple who will soon be married.
You can see more about this ring here. It is part of my Pirate Tides Collection.
This week I enjoyed creating a custom pendant to showcase a client's special Rune stone.
He requested that I add a fleur-de-lis symbol. We decided to add it both as a cutout on the back and also a chased design on the sides. An ancient, rustic style was needed to reflect the ancient symbol of the Rune stone.
Following are photos of the process.
I measured the stone he provided and figured the right height for the custom bezel. I tested a design on a scrap of silver. Once the bezel was completed, I tested it for the fit. I created a fleur-de-lis sketch to fit. The backplate and bale were soldered. The cutout was pierced with a jeweler's saw. The stone was set using a hammered handpiece. A dark, antique patine was applied and then hand brushed and polished.
Do you have a special stone, coin, token or shell? Would you like to make it into a wearable piece of jewelry? I'd love to work with you on creating a one of a kind treasure.
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.
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