Sunday, December 26, 2010

Show and tell

Hope everyone had a nice relaxing holiday. I, for one, am glad it is over. Time to get back to work! Crack that whip!
I thought I would share a few recent pieces that I made for the Jewelry Accord: Call for Contributors that was hosted by co-authors Lorelei and Erin. First up is this beaded number that I strung on hemp cord.

My obsession with carved natural bone and mother-of-pearl beads is in full swing in this piece. I also used lava, natural stone, cyrstal and my own carved faceted porcelain beads.

I love the cluttered feeling created by all of the textures. "Natural Debris" might be a good name for this piece.

I've had the idea for this bracelet for a while. This brings up another of my latest obsessions, rivets. I got a bit rivet happy on this bracelet. And leather happy. Thanks to my shoe-making friend, Margaret, I have about six huge garbage bags full of gorgeous leather scraps. So don't be too surprised at the sudden surge in leather jewelry that will be coming this way. I'm going to challenge myself to come up with some wild stuff. :)


This final necklace uses one of my new bird pieces paired with satin ribbon that I riveted to create some nice folds and shape. I love the way that worked so I definitely have plans to explore that technique a bit more.

I also used one of my friend Kelley's (Kelley's Beads) lampwork eggs. It was the perfect compliment to the bird!

So that's my show and tell for today. Hope you all enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them!

14 comments:

Lisa Godfrey said...

Beautiful! That leather cuff is HOT! I love it.

Leslie Gidden said...

Oh my gosh Nancy! LOVE the riveted ribbon! I invision an entire black satin ribbon necklace, folded and riveted all around....You MUST explore more! Great pieces! Wonderful!

Warmly,
Leslie

sasha and max said...

Nancy you're on fire !! - these pieces are all wonderful - love them all... Vicki

Copper Diem said...

Love the cuff and that ribbon piece. I struggled with a ribbon piece this weekend. I'd love tips!

Erin said...

You came up with some really neat jewelry ideas for the Jewelry Accord call out. I'm so glad you played along, I always love to see what you come up with! You are never short of inspiration, Nans! That leather cuff! It's cool, cool, COOL! Love the leather jewelry idea. I'm so drawn to that. I thought of venturing more into making jewelry with garment type leathers as apposed to leather cording and such. Maybe we can collaborate on that for the NEXT book! ;)

Elisabeth said...

Love them all!

mairedodd said...

these are all beautiful... i love how the leather bracelet reminds me of that one ring you made... the layering of different pieces, textures...

kelleysbeads said...

I love that leather bracelet. You make me want to rivet. Almost like Jerry McGuire had her at hello :D

lunedreams said...

love all three pieces! the first one is spectacular! (love the textures, and the "major" and "minor" focal areas). The second one is just plain COOL. And the third is sweetly understated, just perfect!

Malin de Koning said...

Wonderful designs all of them.
I do really like your rivets on ribbon and folding to create structure.

Rebecca said...

I love them all - what a cool idea to use rivets with ribbon! Totally original. Your post has in fact inspired me to go out and buy a book on cold connections so I can have a go! Your colour schemes are fab and I love all of your own beads in these pieces - especially that glorious bird. Cool, cool cuff too!

Janet said...

Your Bird necklace is just ravishing!!

gbkoru said...

Gorgeous work each and everyone of the pieces!

Sharon said...

The first necklace is sensational!