Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Resin Love

"Heart of Love"
I love to layer necklaces.
This piece is one (layer) of two necklaces I finished just before Marburger.
I did not begin with this layer.  This is layer number two.
The technique I used is one (very similar)
to that I'll teach this December in College Station.
(See link for class details just to the left on sidebar).
The focal was made using a piece of signature "damask" etched brass from my stash, brass filigree and connectors.  But before connecting, I hammered the edge, then added a brass eyelet to place a Puffy Heart below it as a dangle.  I wire wrapped my favorite vintage baroque pearls, adding bead caps.
I added two layers of chain, one being oxidized brass infinity chain and the other, an oxidized silver link chain.  I often mix brass and silver in my jewelry, this one being no different.  I added three of the Mini Puffy Hearts to the silver chain.
This was the first layer I designed of the set.
I poured ICE resin.
One of MANY resin pieces I designed just in time for the festival.
This one was special.  It was for me.
This is my Grandmother's wedding picture.
( for her in an upcoming Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine)
You will recognize it from the picture you see on the left side of my blog header, as this is Rosa.  My father's mother.
Rosa had a Czech mother and a German father.
She didn't speak much English.  Very little in fact.
She was a small woman.  She was a strong woman.  
I wanted to wear a special resin piece at the festival. 
I designed this piece to be worn long.  It is what I refer to as the bottom layer of the set. 
I used a flex shaft to drill thru the resin charm to place a double layer of eyelets.
I wire wrapped my favorite vintage baroque pearls, then added a double layer of Cable Chain, a vintage bead cap, an oxidized crystal rondell, oxidized brass infinity chain, using the simple hook that came with the infinity chain, as the closure.
I decided to use brass Heart-Lets in a way that does not say charm.
I designed a connector using two, putting them together with 2-4mm jump rings.
I really like how it turned out.
A nice delicate link, with a great vintage feel.
Now it's time to put the two layers together.
Love it.  
I can wear one or the other. 
I can wear them together.

I'd love for you to join me in College Station on December 18th.
Contact me for more details.
It will be a fun class.


Chris said...

Beautiful~~with so much personal meaning! I so wish I could see you at College Station and join in the fun! I love to layer too~~but haven't come up with anything this compelling & lovely.
Your designs are a treat!
Love you bunches~and can't wait to see your Czech grandma in Belle Armoire Jewelry. :-)

Pretty Things said...

This is beyond lovely! (As were your words to me on my blog).

I hope you'll consider joining me on the Bead Soup Blog Party in January -- your work is so gorgeous!

VS said...

I ADORE this lovely necklace...I must learn how to do the ice resin, I want to make some of these beautiful necklaces & why are your links so perfect??? I love your work friend! I always wear my 2 resin necklaces, they remind me of YOU!
Smiles & Hugs,

Riki Schumacher said...

What a beautiful piece Diane, love it. Your work is just gorgeous! Can't wait to see you in Belle Armoire Jewelry! Lots of love, Riki

Cathy said...

Love it, very unique!! Cathy aka GGJ

stregata said...

So infinitely lovely! So very you!
Beautiful work.

Suz said...

This is so incredibly beautiful, Diane. I have been under the weather and missed your blog :-( You do such beautiful things and they are getting even more you and more lovely. I am just dazzled.

Journal Swag said...

She is just beautiful, Diane.


Daryl said...

I am in love with both ...

Jen Crossley said...

Your necklace is just stunning,I m so in love with the ice resin

Cindy said...

Diane, I knew the minute I saw these necklaces just now that they had to be extra-special. And I was wondering if I'd see them in your Etsy shop...just for a moment until I read that the picture was that or your Grandmother. Then I realized why it looked so familiar! I think this is wonderful - that you used this particular family picture to incorporate intentionally in a piece for your big show recently. The layers are stunning...right down to each tiny handmade detail. I love these as a set or've really created a keepsake here.

The Joy of Nesting said...

How perfect Lady Dy!!

I sooo love pieces that you can wear more then one way and can go with other pieces!! It pleases my ever fickle heart!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

amy said...

absolutely beautiful Diane! i just love that it has such a special meaning that you can keep so close to your heart!

I really would love to take one of your workshops one of these days! Oh... that reminds me that Cindy @ Paper Cowgirl told me that they are looking for instructors for there June 2011 retreat... hmmm, maybe i will see you there????

xoxxo, amy

brandi said...

~your grandmothers picture...sigh...a beautiful timeless priceless piece you have created...gorgeous! and the l♥ve above...what can i say but l♥♥♥ve wonderful for you to be honored in such magazine...will graetly look forward to seeing it when it arrives!! wishing you well and blessings be with you~