"Window 2" by Deryn Mentock-project 6
Well, believe it or not, this is project 6 of my summer jewelry making challenge. I'm working through Mary Hettmansperger's wonderful book "Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet" through the summer and would love it if you would join me! I'm on project 6 but you can jump in anywhere and do as many or as few projects as you like.
Mixed Metal Earrings by Mary Hettmansperger
Project 6 in Mary's book is her "Mixed Metal Earrings." Uh...I guess I forgot to read that page of the book. Ok...I did read the description of the project but, I just didn't feel like making earrings! In fact, once I got started, my project 6 was nothing like Mary's project 6.
Mine turned into a necklace somehow! But, that's one of the things I'm enjoying the most about this challenge...seeing what unique twist of my own comes with each project. I'm loving seeing what you all are inspired to do as well. Remember the pod necklace? Heather Thorpe made hers unique (and beautiful) by using crocheted wire for her pod form:
pod-project 5 by Heather Thorpe
But, back to project 6...
This is a mixed metal project but I ended up using mostly brass. I layered mica with one of my cemetery photographs and an old brass stencil, then added some vintage brass trim. This project is the first of chapter 2 which concentrates on commercial cold connections. I used eyelets and tiny little brass screws for my cold connections.
Techniques for project 6:
- apply heat treated patinas
- liver of sulfur patina
- install eyelets and brads
- making wire wrapped loops
I added a wrapped link with a faceted citrine drop to the bottom of the focal. This linke is wrapped in an awesome mystery material. It's that intriguing, golden colored, textured stuff in the above photo. Can any of you guess what it is??
The rust colored cord wasn't in the plan but it was handy so I cold connected it to the piece with wire wrapping and used an old game token for the "eye" part of the hook and eye clasp.
I'm not exactly sure how this came about either but, I ended up with a tassel on each side of my focal. I added tiny metal beads and some old bits of copper that had been laying on my workbench forever. Hmmm...you just never know what the end product might be around here! I know some of you are making the earrings. Take a look at Melissa Merrill's:
Mixed Metal Earrings by Melissa Merrill
Beautiful! By the way, I'm trying to get everyone linked in the left sidebar of my blog. If you've done a project and you don't see your name in the list or, if your link doesn't work, make sure you let me know. I'm working on a better way to keep the list but, in the meantime, check there for participants projects.