I miss my elves!

The pictures below are experiments. I have the mental representation whirling in my brain. When I create the first one, I set it down (sometimes lose it on my desk), then come back to it for refinements.

The below has been sitting off and on my desk for three weeks. I finally made a couple little changes here and there. I’ve decided that I like it now. It’s a simple piece that consists of a lampwork pendant and a silk cord. Believe it or not, the silk cord is wonderful to wear in hot weather. I picked up the cord from KAS. The cord has several big hold sterling beads and glass rings. That just gives more of a finished look to it. It also keeps the lampwork pendant from sliding all over the place.

The below is a new color scheme in lampwork beads.
The below wired pendant is the real experiment. I've seen a lot of Eni Oken's work. (her website is http://www.enioken.com/jewelry/journal.html) I've bought her tutorials...great stuff...but I wanted something more freeform. The below is what I came up with. I first made the frame...torched it and tumbled it clean. Then pulled out the wire and went to work. It's mostly sterling with coral, turquriose, and quartz crystal accents.

The next thing I have to figure out is a bail for this puppy. If you think of something, let me know. I've got a couple ideas spinning but nothing concrete yet. I'm not a die hard wire person, I prefer solder and torch involvement. BUT I'm open to all ideas.

Since we moved, these are the times that I miss my elves the most. My favorite elf was Sara Rachels. Currently she is a freshman at Indiana University, mostly likely having the time of her life. She is the daughter of a friend, Susie Rachels. Susie's website is http://www.susierachlesfineart.com/.

Clarification here…what is a jewelry elf? That’s a person that wears jewelry for me. Just because I design something doesn’t mean it’s wearable or comfortable. So what an elf does is wear a demo piece and lets me know how it feels…if it snags clothing…takes water well…how it stands up to daily wear. If the piece of jewelry passes all the tests, the elf keeps the piece. If it doesn’t, it’s back to the drawing board for me.

I’ve been making jewelry for so long now, that normally I can just look at a piece and tell. If not, I can feel the work to see if it will pass my tests. There are still some that I have to pass to elves.

Off to run errands...got lots to do!

Have a happy and creative day!