It is my great privilege to be part of a talented group of ladies over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog, who write every day about art jewelry and the process of creating. I’m such a fan of each and every one of them, which makes our monthly Component of the Month challenge such a pleasure. As part of the AJE team, I get one of the monthly components to play with, along with some lucky give-away winners. It’s such fun!
For the month of June, Jenny Davies-Reazor offered us these beautiful ceramic earring pairs.
I received a lovely, organic pair of pale lilac leaf charms. They sat on my workbench for almost the entire month of June, while I considered what to do with them. And then this design popped into my head, fully formed. I am so happy with how they turned out.
I made the cocoon beads out of two gauges of sterling silver wire – the thinnest was 30 gauge, which I wrapped and wove randomly over and through the thicker 20 gauge wire. Then I patina’d them and polished back the highlights for contrast.
The grey and silver of the cocoon beads seemed like a perfect compliment to Jenny’s pretty leaf charms, and I’m going through a phase right now where that earthly texture appeals to me. I’m going to be wearing these a lot, I think!
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THE AJE TEAM
Francesca Watson (that’s me!)