|Broach from ancient Greece|
Q: Is jewelery making something you have an interest in?
A: Yes, it is! I have done quite a lot of wire-wrapped jewelry. (Where you use strands of precious metal to create jewelry. Designs can range from simple to amazingly demanding, and I enjoyed pushing the limits of my skill and creativity!)
I didn't have access to the high heat equipment needed for casting, but it's something I always swooned over; so I've studied it quite a bit.
I've been privileged enough to see the works of some artists whose expertise was literally overwhelming. One man did a lot of wildlife in his designs, as lifelike as photos, and all in precious metal bas relief ranging in size from a scene a few inches across, (three tiny, perfect ducks flew across a green-stone pond in my favorite pendant of his,) to smaller than your little fingertip. (A man's ring showcasing an ivory elk tooth; with half of the bezel (the part that holds the stone in) being a bugling elk's head with the antlers sweeping back out onto the shank. (the part that goes around your finger.) The whole head was letter perfect, and less than the size of the tooth. ) The artistry took my breath away!
His pieces were out of my price range, and justifiably so... but I'll always carry the image of them with me where ever I go!
And, who knows? Maybe if I end up rich some day, I'll find him and buy something for me!
In the meantime, I'll keep working on my own skills, and enjoy writing about the things I haven't quite gotten yet!
What's your favorite piece of jewelry? (Real or otherwise!)
|A Quarter horse logo pendant I did several years ago. Sterling silver.|