When I first started this jewelry business I tried to focus on color…lots of color. I used a lot of large gemstone beads such as amazonite, amethyst, agate, quartz, and even wood. However, as time went on I found that this wasn’t me. To be honest, I have never loved large chunky jewelry for more than an accent piece here and there. I like simple lines and refined styling. With this in mind, I started to create metal jewelry. These pieces were and are primarily sterling silver and/or copper and are occasionally accented by gemstone beads.
The one difference between the metal jewelry and the beaded jewelry is that the metal jewelry can progress. When I made a beaded piece, I would lay out the beads, put them together and called it “done.” The metal pieces generally don’t work that way and I have grown to love that aspect of them. I often have an idea for a shape that would look good in a piece and I create it not knowing what the finished piece will actually look like. Sometimes I don’t even know whether it will be a necklace or a pair of earrings. After I create it, I start playing with it in different designs to figure out how I want to use it. More components are added and eventually I end up with the final piece of jewelry.
I did this recently and really surprised myself. I wanted to create a simple cuff bracelet, so I took some heavy gauged wire and formed it into the bracelet. After it was “complete,” it felt as though something was missing. I kept the bracelet on my desk for several days, looking at it every day trying to think of what it needed. After about a week, it hit me. I had one random large jasper bead I thought would look perfect on the bracelet. Because of the bracelet’s design, I was able to easily add components to it. I wrapped the jasper bead onto the bracelet and then it was complete. The bead added just a little “pop” to the bracelet while keeping it simple and elegant.
Here is the bracelet to start:
Here it is with the addition of one bead:
What do you think? I think the bead really changed the bracelet and added some life to it. This hasn’t been listed on my Etsy site yet, but if you are interested in it I can make that happen.
Do you create? Have you ever created something you thought was almost perfect only to add details to it later to make it truly perfect?
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