I’m so excited to have joined YOJ 2011! It is going to be fun, exciting, a great learning experience and challenging all at the same time. For those who have not heard about Year of Jewelry, it is where a group of jewelry artist come together (virtually speaking) and make one piece of jewelry a week for one year. They give you a weekly theme you can use, if you choosing, to help get the creative juices flowing.
So this week’s theme is Complementary Colors. As I explained in my posting I had a few hiccups along the way but all in all, for the most part, I’m happy with the design. I added a purple silk ribbon to tie the piece in with the weekly theme. Truth be told the ribbon is actually orangy red that I transformed to purple in Photoshop. 🙂
A little about the piece that I submitted, it is a 100% sterling silver with a beautiful 12mm round faceted citrine focal bead. To add a little more design element I used two small deep yellow tourmaline and two small clear smoky quartz faceted beads to try and help give this piece a little more dimension. It may be hard to tell but the top handle area is 3 – 20g wire wrapped tightly together with 30g wire using the Soumak weave or Plain weave as Barbara Berk explains on her resource page. After doing that weave a good portion of the length on the three 20g wire, I attach the focal bead. Pulled the wire tight to my amazement the wire just cradled right around the focal. I continued the weaving in a little different fashion to add more detail. After attaching the accent beads I filed and curled the edges for yet some more detail. Hope you like it and thanks for reading!