Saturday, March 28, 2009
Deryn's Jewellery challenge at Something Sublime
I am an avid follower of Deryn Mentock's blog - she is an artist and jewellery maker that I very much admire. She issued a jewellery challenge late last summer, based on the book "Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet" by Mary Hettmansperger; which is an excellent book, by the way. About a week ago, Deryn posted that the challenge is still on and I decided I wanted to try it.
I didn't start at the beginning of the book, because Deryn is nearing the end of her projects. So, this is my first piece (I'm hoping to get one or two more finished), based on the Looped Silver Cone Necklace. The cone form really appeals to me and the wire weaving was a totally new technique, which I enjoyed enormously. This piece does not exactly follow the book, but is my interpretation of the project.
The cone is formed of copper, the weaving is silver plated copper wire. I included some glass beads on the inside and the necklace itself is composed of wire wrapped semiprecious beads (I believe these are turquoise, that have been colour enhanced), some glass lentil beads and two copper finished brass discs.
Do visit Deryn's challenge - so many people have joined and their projects are breathtaking. If you need a bit of inspiration, here it is.