Monday, September 01, 2008

Jewelry Project 6 ~ Mixed Metal Earrings (Recycled)

This was my interpretation of the second project, Folded Earrings, completed in June, as I followed along in Deryn's Summer Jewelry Challenge. As mentioned, we are using the book, Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet written by Mary Hettmansperger.
I shared then, that they had taken one too many folds. So....since I really wasn't happy with the end results, I decided to take them apart for the next project in the book~Mixed Metal Earrings.
I began by hammering the base pieces of copper metal flat. Initially I had texterized and torched them, so once folded flat, the inside was now the side I liked best. Once trimmed, filed and folded to the size I wanted, brass eyelets were used at the top to hold the earwires. The antique brass filigree fans, bought from The Artful Market, were wrapped around the bottom of the earrings, secured with the mini brass nuts & screws, brought home from the class I took with Susan Lenart Kazmer in May. Lastly, I wire wrapped a copper washer and beautiful multi-colored czech crystal bead on top.

What I learned, once again, if I am not satisfied, take it apart and start over. Recycling is always a good thing.

16 comments:

magiceye said...

wow! thats brilliant!

Susan Sager Brown said...

Love those fans, and that bead is lucious!Beautiful work. I will be on the hunt for antique crystals for you in my travels.
Much love,
Susan

Happy Belated Birthday!!

Deryn Mentock said...

Lovely! Even though I liked the folded earrings, you've got to be happy with these!

A bird in the hand said...

Ooooh! I like these much better than the folded ones. New design by Diane!! xoxo

Daryl said...

WOW .. nicer, much nicer ...

:-Daryl

Fanciful Expressions said...

Very nice, Diane. I liked your folded earrings but these are even better. Luv,Luv the fans!!
BTW my suitcase turned out great. Thanks for asking.

Carolyn

Anita said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!! You constantly amaze me... have I said that already!??!

Anita said...

There's an award for you at Prairie Dreams!

Sandra Evertson said...

Gorgeous!
Sandra Evertson

patty said...

These are gorgeous! Love them

diane cook said...

Thanks =)

Chris said...

Man oh man! I love love love this recycle!!! Your inspiration grows with each project. Have a blessed weekend~~~

Jen Crossley said...

How awesome this project is you are one talented girl
Jen

Adriane said...

Beautiful! I recently had many of my favorite earrings stolen. How can I buy yours?

Diane said...

Adriane...
I do have some listed for sale on my blog. Go here:
http://rosa-josies.blogspot.com/p/earrings-for-sale.html

I am so sorry you had your favorite earrings stolen....

Adriane said...

Thanks so much, Diane. I'm grateful to have everything that I do. Stolen earrings is a 'first-world problem'. :)

I will definitely be following your work.