Several years ago I made a trip to, of all places, Des Moines, Iowa to set at the feet of a master jewelry designer. I was clueless, I didn't know a split ring from a cylinder crimp. She taught me all the basics she could in two days. I left with a beautiful lemon quartz necklace I remade at least six times while I was there.
After that I began buying and stringing beads I bought from trips around the globe. I was labeled in my mind as a 'beader". Tho I had unique and valuable materials I still fumbled and stumbled and remade most pieces at least three or four times. And after much trial and error, beautiful unique jewelry began to emerge. It was if the "muse" had blessed me with a creative ability that even I was in awe of.
I would often finish a necklace and be wowed by it. And so were my customers! Thank goodness.
Then recently two miracles occurred that propelled me to a whole other level of jewelry design.
First, while in Istanbul, I met this very quite and meek woman who designed the most outrageous pieces of jewelry I'd ever seen. Her creations included charms, pendants, metal icons, and precious stones all clustered together in a jumble that I was totally fascinated by. I bought several of her designs and though they seemed chaotic, they drew curious customers to them like a magnet. It's picture here.
Secondly, I started looking around at the Turkish earrings and necklaces that I'd bought and didn't sell which were now in the deeply discounted sale baskets in my shop. I still loved each of them so I actually went shopping in my shop. I decided to try my own unique designs from "found jewelry". I clustered the pieces together with wire, glue, and a wild imagination. I call the four I've finished my "reconstruction jewelry".
Here they are, look closely and you'll find some really unique individual pieces, precious gems, beautifully set charms, and fun things!
What I love about them is their construction quality as different from their "beading" quality. So now I've started being more aware of that single earring, or that broken necklace or that one precious stone I never knew what to do with before but loved….now singularly they are unimpressive but collectively they have great potential.
I'm just beginning to explore this new medium and will keep you posted as it and I evolve.
In the meanwhile, if you have a drawer of jewelry odds and ends or an heirloom piece that just doesn't wow you but you love it-- maybe I can help make your unique jumble into a special memorable piece just for you.
Now don't get the wrong idea as much as I love the ones I've made, they are still for sale! Check them out on the website for price and description.