I’ve talked about this a bit on twitter and on Facebook, but I’ve not been able to talk about it much until now. 🙂
See, I was tasked with making a crown that was dark and rough and evil looking. I was given a reference pic
I was also pointed toward Ravenna from Snow White and the Huntsman.
With those two pics in hand, I went to work. I’m not gonna lie at all, this was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, wire-wise. I wanted it to look rough and raw, but I didn’t want it too look like I just threw shit together. It’s also the first time I worked with raw gemstones of any kind. (In this case, it was a raw garnet that fit comfortably into the palm of my hand. Huge.)
The chains were fun, because I have a drawer in the studio that is (Well, *was*, at this point lol) full of random chains that I pick up all over the place-yard sales, clearance sales, broken jewelry-seriously, I don’t throw anything away. 🙂
I am super super proud of this and I cannot wait to see it, looking awesome, wicked-evil and fit for a queen, on the woman who’ll be wearing it. Trust me, folks, as soon as I get those pics this summer, I will be sharing them with you. 🙂
I think this is the first time I’ve been commissioned to do a wire piece that isn’t jewelry. (And it’s not really a commission, more of an art trade. 🙂 )
She wanted two foxes, and after some very very basic sketching, I got her approval and went to work. 😀
I took that fabric (Which is actually a deeper version of that blue/teal color. Sorry for the terrible photo. ) and adhered it to card stock, then attached the foxes to it in this way, so that it can be framed when the recipient gets it! 😀 This was kind of nerve wracking for me, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I really like commissions that take me outside my comfort zone. 🙂
I recently had a pretty big commission for a thing I can’t show ya’ll yet. I had a stone left over from it and my 15 year old came to me and said, “If you’re not gonna use that one, can you make me a pendant?” He’d never asked me to make him anything before, so of course I said yes.
It’s just a simple bit of wrap to hold the stone in place. He wears it pretty much every day. 😀
This recent commission centered around the idea of remembrance. In this case, it was remembrance of a child lost. I felt absolutely honored to be asked to do this, and I am very proud of the results.
I used silver Parawire (As always!), and sterling earring hooks. Also, for the first time, I used some traditionally “precious” stones, albeit rough cut. In the bracelet are 4 rubies and a blue sapphire, and in the earrings are 2 small emeralds and a Herkimer diamond. I didn’t take process pictures of this one, but it was a more organic process than I sometimes do. Less sketches and more feeling the piece out. 🙂