Forgot to snap a photo of the wire wrapped dichroic glass doughnut for my blog post last week. I had to re-work the wire weaving I originally did because it looked like something out of a really bad circus. A little tweeking without losing any of the work was all it needed. I’ve had this glass doughnut for years and was waiting for the right opportunity and skills to come along so I could do this very cool doughnut justice. I almost missed the mark.
I also had some fun this week making small coiled beads. I found these light blue glass rectangles. I put the two together, added a spiral, and was inspired to snap some shots using white sand as the background.
I totally missed the mark on the green stone earrings (for lack of the right name of the stone). I stamped an image onto the stone. It is very permanent, it won’t wash off. One image came out more muted than the other. This was after numerous practice attempts on paper. The earrings are also a little heavy. I try not to make earrings that will take your lobes to the floor. These ones aren’t that heavy, but may need to be turned into pendants.
Win some, lose some.
Spring is a great time to open your eyes and take in the abundance of color blooming all around you. Even if it’s just new leaves budding in the trees. After a long, grey winter, it’s hard to take the vibrant green hues of leaves for granted. Click the images below to get a better view of what’s new with Whispering Iris this Spring.
Spring is around the corner, and for this wonderful season, my goal is to make robin nest earrings and necklaces. I embarked on this journey with the piece shown below. However, when I relinquished it to the public eye, someone fell in love with it, purchased it, and now it’s on its way to its new owner!
This piece was created with bare copper, which was oxidized lightly. I wanted to create a nest that was deep but not too deep that it wouldn’t sit gracefully when worn. I also wanted to incorporate colors that relate to the robin. I used faceted dark-blue agate, quartz, and red jasper for the chain. I included the red jasper because it’s reminiscent of the robin’s breast. The turquoise beads in the nest represent, of course, robin eggs.
The chain was hand wrapped. Unfortunately, I don’t know what the drop stone is on the pendant. I thought the colors of the stone fit well with the color scheme of the design. The closure is also handmade, hammered copper with a link chain for adjustable length.
The idea of a robin’s nest pendant is not my own. They are quite popular among wire jewelers. Most handmade nests I’ve seen are made flat and are sparse on the wire at the base of the nest. I assume it is designed this way so that it hangs nicely. I was inspired to design a nest that reflects the robin’s nest more closely without being too bulky.
I had fun making this piece and can’t wait to get started designing more robin nests. I will post my new creations in the coming weeks.