It is no secret, that most of us who make beads and / or jewelry......LOVE beads and jewelry.
I am no exception. So when Karen McGovern made these rings, I had to have one.
She made me one special, just for me....
(I added the wire to make it just a hair smaller so I could wear it on my pink.....i love it!)
She also sent me some of that wonderful aquamarine, and some citrine crystals too. I was thrilled to have some, and I loved this design so much, I wanted to make myself a necklace to match.
Of course, I added some more rustic elements- mastadon bone beads.....and i am not one for measuring, so, its a bit rougher. However, I am so happy with how it turned out.
I didn't measure at all, just cut some silver that looked like enough to fold up, made a few cuts so I could fold it, and added my beads, and worked it like a huge bezel. I added some balled headpins on the ends to add the chain. I love little cabinet curiosities, and boxes always always always had my heart, so this got the ball rolling in my mind.
I made another in copper, and then I made some shallow, large copper boxes, and added some large and small gemstones to make a sort of shadow box pendant. I also made another silver one that is really rustic looking, not sure I love it, but it has sea glass and a fossil shell.
I just love when another artist inspires me so much. The process of watching a simple concept, like "box" or "capture" evolve and change into many forms. That is why I love surrounding myself with art. I see color schemes that inspire me, or a texture, or a shape......and I have to try it in jewelry.