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.
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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