This popped up in my “memories” on FB this morning. Of all the pieces I’ve done over the years, this is one of my all time favorites. Seeing it today made me really anxious to get my room done so I can get back to my jewelry bench again. It has been too long.
One of the reasons this is a favorite is because, unlike most of my pieces, this was a custom work from start to finish, from the ground up, including having the stones specially cut just for this design. The guy I got my stones from at the time was amazing and did a stunning job helping to make this piece happen.
The wings were also something I’d never done before as they were hand formed. I was so shocked at how well everything turned out in the end.
While I’m loving working on building my room, I’m really wanting to dig into something different creatively and seeing this is making me impatient.
I’m playing with sterling PMC for the first time in years. I had forgotten how much I loved it. It is amazing that a small lump of clay can be fired into a finished sterling silver piece. It doesn’t look like much yet, but it is going to end up being a book charm for my charm bracelet.
I REALLY need to spend more time in my studio creating things rather than just sitting around thinking about it.
As is so often the case when I work with a project like this, the finished piece is a little different that what I originally pictured. The pictures also NEVER do the finished piece justice, especially when it comes to stones that have any kind of flash in them, and this one is full of flash.
I am so thrilled to have this piece done. It really has been a long time coming, but it needed to wait until now so it could be the perfect thank you gift to an amazing friend. It is more than worth the time and seriously achy fingers. It’s been WAY too long since I’ve done any kind of jewelry work and those calluses I’d built up are long gone.
This is definitely inspiring me to get back into my studio and do something with all those lonely stones just sitting in the dark. Maybe next time I’ll get my torch out and play with some fire.