"Pompeii-Bars and Rods"
Yesterday, I finished a new earring design that I'm really excited about. Ok...it's not exactly new, in fact it's an ancient design. Remember when I posted about visiting the Pompeii exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston? The jewelry in the exhibit was gorgeous and very inspiring. Many of the earrings were a simple but beautiful design that I fell in love with. The museum folks called them "bars and rods".
My version of "bars and rods" isn't exactly the same as the one those ancient jewelers created but I'm really pleased with the way they turned out. They're very comfortable and, when I wear them, the pearls clink together in such a nice way. I'm definitely going to be making more of these.
"Pomp and Power"
I've also been busy with some larger pieces. When I name a piece, I try to let some part of it speak to me. Sometimes, this happens during the creation process but often it's not until the piece is finished. For part of the focal on this necklace, I used some antique Bible text, sandwiched between mica and antique brass. When I was finished turning the last wire, the words "pomp and power" in the text stood out to me and seemed like a good name.
I decided to use all sterling wire on this piece and it was fun using silver again. It's a bit different to work with than steel but with a very similar look. I really adore this piece...it feels very solid and, well...powerful around my neck. It's long and a little heavy with large, freshwater pearls alternating with some gorgeous, faceted turquoise chunks I've been hoarding.
These are just a few pair of, what seems like, the tons of earrings I've been working on. In reality, it's hard to get "tons" of anything done. Life has a way of getting in the way of studio time and, with the mini men at the end of the school year and Number 1 graduating, I've got my hands full...in a good way!