Yesterday I showed you my newest treasure map ring. Today I'll show you another treasure map ring that I made in summer of 2009. I usually make the first model in brass or copper, even if I plan on making it in silver. These first pieces serve as a reference for the future - better than any sketch on paper. They also allow me to test my designs.
This is a hollow ring. The secret compartment is the tiny space between the two rings. Just enough for a folded bit of map.
Around the side it says "Bring Me that Horizon". True pirate fans know that is what Captain Jack Sparrow says at the end of the first POTC movie.
Jack Sparrow and his love of rings have really inspired me to create a whole series of hidden treasure map rings.
I plan on remaking this in silver soon. In fact, I've already started it.
Modern day treasure hunting is fun with geocaching. Have you ever done that? I've been thinking about ways to incorporate that into the hiding places for treasure maps.
Hmm...perhaps geocaching deserves a whole jewelry collection of it's own.
Looking back at the first week in 2011 on both my work and my blog, I'm pretty pleased. This was a week of adjustment after the long holiday season and being snowbound. So, I didn't expect to do too much.
Bead by Bead
Day by day, bead by bead, I'm starting to see the Pirate Collection taking shape.
More designs started to flow this weekend. This usually happens with me. I start by learning new techniques and creating samples or practice pieces. As I do that, designs begin to flow for the embellishments and alterations that I need for my collections.
Eventually, you will begin to see finished pieces.
Thank you for joining me on this journey.
As I begin designing a new jewelry collection, (tentatively called Pirates Collection), I try out different forms for metal beads.
Etched Metal Beads
The metal bead in the center is copper that I etched and then folded. On either side are brass tube beads that I made by first roughing up for an antiqued style. The flow of a shell and a coil of copper inspire me.
I like my hand-made metal beads on the thick silver chain I made. But this is just a beginning for the design. I will most likely change this in the final piece.
Metal Ring Beads
I will continue to make samples of metal beads using different techniques and forms. Here is a ring bead I made with a pirate slogan engraved on it.
I'm getting very excited about the new collection. Hopefully, I'll have it ready in the Spring.
Maybe tomorrow I'll try stringing these metal beads on leather. What do you think? Come back then and we'll see how they look.
I'm starting this new year with a new blog. Here I'll share with you some of the work that goes on behind the scenes. You'll see the inspirations, the discoveries and the process of creating the jewelery I offer for sale.
This year I plan on filling out some of the existing Collections. I also plan on creating at least 2 new Collections. I invite you to take a few minutes each day and join me on this wonderful journey.
Inspiring Ship sculpture
The inspiration for the above ship coin pendant began with a walk on the beach. The ship on top of the Paramount Theater on the Asbury Park boardwalk made me remember some coins I had. I always meant to use them in jewelry. I've been thinking of creating a Pirate themed Collection. So, on January 1st, I made the simple pendant.
Here's the reverse side of the pendant. The coin behind it is another of the same. I added a dark patina to the pendant. It's all brass and should weather well.
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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