Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Inspired by the dark side

OK, not really the dark side. Just the slightly morbid side.. if you consider Victorian mourning jewelry morbid (which I don't:) I've been mulling over some ideas for modern mourning jewelry for a while and I finally sat myself down and made a set.

I used a mixture of antique jet glass beads, antique mother-of-pearl buttons and my own porcelain pieces. The silhouette brings in another Victorian favorite. I think it goes well with the idea of commemoration and remembrance. I will be making some very simple necklaces with these silhouettes as well (I have more profiles in the works) - just a simple pendant on a silver chain. I can't wait to wear one. :)

Now, I've got a question for you! See those matte black earwires on this pair of earrings? I bought them at a craft store a while ago. Does anyone know where I can find matte black wire to make my own earwires? I haven't exactly started searching for it - I just thought I would throw the question out there and see of anyone knows where I can find it. Anyone, anyone?

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was browsing through a hardware store nearby (I live in Illinois) and they carried an 18 gauge black 'iron' wire and a very nice stainless steel wire that looked to be either a 22 or 24 gauge. Check some of the hardware stores near you.
Relatively inexpensive too.

Round Rabbit said...

That's a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

peacockfairy said...

Wow - pretty pieces. Feminine, elegant, chic!

Lorelei said...

Have never seen it ... but I bet they might have it at Metalliferous in NY...maybe we should GO!! :)

These are beeeeooutiful! I love the idea of mourning jewelry. We have some at the museum, it's really gorgeous.
Your pieces are outstanding. These earrings have to be my favorite!

Amy Nicole/RubyMtnBeads said...

You can simulate that look of the ear wire by oxidizing sterling silver with liver of sulphur!

Karen Gill hidingplacebeadery.etsy.com said...

Niobium is a non-allergenic metal which comes in a range of colors:

http://www.fusionbeads.com/shop/product/40458/

http://www.beadaholique.com/p-20500-niobium-earring-hooks-hypo-allergenic-x4-2-pair.aspx

Rosanne said...

There was a lampwork artist that I used to get some pieces from and she used a black wire, I've never seen it anywhere, the black was a matte finish and never wears off. Great stuff, wish I had some.
I love the pieces...doesn't mourning jewelry also incorporate braided hair? That's kindof morbid...

Susan said...

These are really beautiful, Nancy. They also speak to me. What is the first one? A necklace? A bracelet?

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

i too oxidized my sterling silver to get the black look.
the earrings are fab!

quiltingjewel39 said...

Like the first person said - in the hardware store they carry annealed steel wire in different gauges. It is what several of the jewelry designers I follow use and it is black. I love the mourning jewelry.

quiltingjewel39 said...

Like the first person said - in the hardware store they carry annealed steel wire in different gauges. It is what several of the jewelry designers I follow use and it is black. I love the mourning jewelry

Round Rabbit said...

Thanks everyone for all your great suggestions!
Susan, the first photo is a bracelet - all jangly and jingly.
And yes, L, we DO need to go back to Melalliferous! Pronto!

Kella said...

Absolloutly beautiful pieces, loving the black wire too hope you find some.