Thursday, April 7, 2011

Praise for Designers

by D'Arsie Manzella


I thought I'd give a big "You're fantastic" to all the talented designers who create art jewelry! Besides constantly producing new and innovative arrangements, you are skilled in multiple techniques and are able to form a style all your own with your creations. I am in awe of your patience and devotion to making the world a more beautiful and meaningful place through personal adornment. When you use handmade beads and components - well that is just the cherry on top!

All this appreciation for jewelry designers has been brought about as I sit at my shipping table (notice I didn't say beading table) and struggle with color, wire, and placement to exercise my skill at jewelry design. My muscles are aching! I am a bead designer by trade but in joining this group I have been inspired~

Here are some of my resulting efforts...


Antique copper findings, beads and crazy cool dyed agate found at Michael's. I know there are no art beads here, but wait! There's more...



Here I start incorporating my art beads! A variation on the same theme featuring beautiful enameled rounds from GardanneBeads and rings filled with antique glass seed beads that I found long ago in an excellent thrift store score.

I'm so excited to be able to use some ceramic sparklers made by our very own MaryAnn Carroll!
I love the way they look like small pools of ocean with a drop of sunshine underneath. The white wire was an experiment, I'm totally in love with it! So fresh...


And something earthy made for myself. I cut out the leather, scratched the lines in with my triangular file and rubbed it all with olive oil which darkened all the exposed leather underneath.
I completely winged these, as I've not done a lot with leather before.
A trip to the local fabric shop had me digging in a giant bin like an overeager prairie dog to find all the pretty leather scraps. I was thinking of the Call to Create challenge for this month when I worked on these. The song inspiration is the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts".

Since it is such a thought provoking challenge, I think I will be making more than one piece within the theme.


Have a fantastic spring day!

6 comments:

mairedodd said...

wonderful job d'arsie! i am in love with your leather work - this is the first time? and inspired to try that myself... those leaves are fabulous!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

thanks MaryJane! It was my first attempt and it was a relaxing project. working with metal all day, it's nice to play around with something soft and pliable.

Kelli said...

OOOOH!!! Lovin' the leather!!! I like very earthy jewelry. And leaves are my favorite. LOVE LOVE LOVE 'em!!! Great job!!

Patty said...

Praise for YOU, D'arsie! I love the results of your playtime. We all need to stretch our wings like that, and you have done it beautifully!

VanBeads said...

Those are some fabulous designs, D'Arsie! I love those leather earrings - they are absolutely beautiful. I hope you continue to find inspiration to make your own jewelry designs. It's so much fun! Designing is definitely an art form in and of itself!

sasha and max said...

great results, D'arsie, and those leather leaves rock! Vicki

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