Take a look at the following three sets of earrings. Can you guess what they all have in common?
Answer : The silver and copper metal that I used to make them were scraps on my jewelry bench. The copper, seen in the Good Energy Earrings and Recycled Love Earrings was from my practice sheet. I always keep a piece of copper nearby, to practice each stamping or engraving before I put it onto a custom piece. I make a lot of wedding rings and crosses. They usually have a special message or date. I think they are so romantic and so full of good energy. Here are some examples of the pile of copper scraps that piles up on my bench. I reused all that positive energy and romance into the earrings.
The silver used in all three of the earrings is textured. I anneal the metal, to make it soft. Then I place it on the surface of this antique section of a rail and hammer it. The silver picks up the fantastic rugged patterns of the old steel. I like to think it also picks up some of the story in that rail.
I got the antique piece of rail (and also the spikes) from an old mine in northern New Jersey. The rail was part of the track for the mining cars. I bet they carried lots of hopes and dreams as they went into the mine. Maybe lots of treasures found when they came out.
That's the story of my most recent Gift of the Day listings. There's a story and good wishes ingrained in all my work. I hope this helps you to see it, in these pieces, at least.
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.