27 November 2008

Seahorse Rings!

A few days ago, I woke from the most vivid dream! In it, I was making a wire wrapped seahorse ring. I knew I would have to try my hand at making one, but I can never stop at just one, especially when it comes to my seahorses! I've already made four so far, and the others are lining up just inside my head, waiting to swim out! These tiny seahorses are constructed like my other seahorses (they are 3 -dimensional), but in miniature. They measure a scant 1 inch, and their tails wrapped around the shank of the ring, just like real seahorses wrap their tails around plants so they don't float away. And it is so fun to look down and see them on your hand. :D

More where these came from!

22 November 2008

My Seahorses

When I was a little girl, my oldest sister bought a "Live Seahorse Family!" from an ad in the back of a comic book. Since this was in the 1970's, the seahorses were most certainly wild caught. (Wild caught seahorses usually die within weeks because they are cut off from their natural food supply; they usually starve to death.) All but two were dead when my sister got them, and the rest died within days. She dried them out and kept them, and I secretly wanted them myself, though I was sad at their death. I dreamed of wearing seahorses for jewelry!

Last year, I made a pair of earrings that everyone told me reminded them of seahorses, and I thought, "Hmmm...Seahorses!" I should make jeweled seahorses! I poured through hundreds of pictures to make sure I had the shape right before I began. The design is my own original from sketches I did. Each of my larger seahorses have 10-12 feet of wire in them and hundreds of tiny beads. I use Sterling silver for the frames and fine silver for the wrapping. The tiny silver beads are fair-trade Thai silver, and I hand pick the gemstone beads and briolettes for the dorsal fin and belly. Since the plight of my sister's seahorses has always stayed with me, I donate 10% of the selling price of all of my seahorses to organizations working to protect and conserve these lovely creatures. Now, I have my own jeweled seahorse, and help the living ones stay living. Nice! :D


19 November 2008

Pippi's Fairy Crown - Part 1 The Beginning

I have been wanting a crown ever since I was a little girl. But not a cheap plastic or base metal one, a REAL one. I knew that(since I'm not a real princess) one day I would have to make one for myself. I'm not sure what prompted me to start, but soon I was pouring through Google images looking for ideas (wire crown, ancient crown, fairy crown, English, French, Danish, Swedish, German...). I was surprised at how few really nice wire crowns are out there! You would think with all the women making wire jewelry, surely one or two would have made one by now! (If they did, I couldn't find pictures online.) I did find one woman who has made some beautiful ones, but not the full on crown like I want, so I sat with a pencil and paper for a few hours drawing different designs until I came up with a shape I liked.

About three hours into it now. I have the base and the points wired together, and I have more of the coiling holding the points together, and the support pieces cut and bent, ready to wire into place. Now that I can physically see this much, it helps me to be able to see the rest in my head a little better (I'm making this up as I go along). I sat last night and watched a program with my husband, with my crown (what I have so far) sitting on top of my head. It feels quite nice! I have a lot of coiling to do on it yet, and lots of jewels to add (I think I will put pearls on the top of each point), but I can tell already, it will be great! I will post updates from time to time with pictures of it in progress, so check back later!

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06 November 2008

My computer broke!

...And I haven't been able to access any of my pictures or other stuff on my computer. I have been limping along this past week on a borrowed machine, but should be back up and running next week. I have been taking advantage of the extra time by making pieces for my new winter collection.

Thanks for stopping in! Sorry there is no eye candy this time!