May 25, 2011

* Experimenting with Jewelry

It would be so much fun to make some jewelry.  It's in my head.  It's out of the box.  Nothing matches.  Pieces come from anywhere and everywhere.  When I began to think about this and did some research, I realized that's what's HOT right now!  Funny isn't it.  Anyway, I don't want to look at other people's stuff.  I don't want to be influenced.  On the other hand I have no idea how to go about this.  I just play ... I experiment.  I make mistakes.  I learn.  The biggest issues I am having is making the pieces hang beautifully.  There is definitely a knack to that.  It's probably all about weight and balance, like when you load a small plane.  I have watched a few things on You Tube, just to learn what I'm doing incorrectly.

A few weeks ago I began working on a necklace.  I think I had a photo on the blog.  I took it apart today and started over.  I didn't like the direction it was headed in.  I'm finished.  It hangs reasonably well.  As you know, I don't like things to match - so I made three earrings.  Two of them make a matchie poo poo pair (although they are not the same), but the third one is very different.  It's effective because there is a piece just like the earring in the necklace.

I'm finding it a very challenging piece to photograph.  Perhaps because of the contrasts in colour and value.  The colours are better in person ... here goes.

Every since I can remember I have been absolutely fascinated by religious reliquary.  Pieces I adore the most are ancient and have deep roots in the culture.  Russian Icons drive me insane, and in a perfect world I would own a few made by hand silver types.  I settle for collecting medals, milagros, and other interesting tid bits from around the world.  I used a lovely old small brass cross, an old crystal rosary center, a small image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a milagro.  They have no religious significance for me.  They do touch a deep deep spot in my soul.  Who knows why.  They are symbolic of the Universe for me.

Is anyone else MESSY?  I absolutely cannot get over how quickly I can make a trip over, fall down, never find anything again, MESS.  Gotta go clean in up, so I can start all over again.

"A messy house is a must - it separates your true friends from other friends.
Real friends are there to visit you not your house!"
— Jennifer Wilson


  1. I think your experimentations are looking great, Donna. You have photographed them well too. And 3 earrings that are not quite matched? Bring them on! I have multiple holes, 4 in each ear lobe, so that would be a good idea for anyone like me! : ) lenna
    p.s. love your mail art in the previous post too!!

  2. These photos are fine... beautiful pieces. And messy? Oh my, it reaches a certain point and I cannot go farther till it gets tidied up a bit.

  3. Great stuff Donna, love it all, don't know where to start! Love that you are combining old bits and bobs, and that the things aren't matched and boring. My earrings have been very much admired by the lady in the supermarket. I told her they had come from Mexico, and she said *Yeah, yeah, these Mexiacns know their handwork!* Beautiful stuff Donna, don't stop making it! Hugs, Valerie

  4. Girl, where have you been all my jewelry-wearing life?! Nothing I wear or have just has to be beautiful and resonate with me somehow...and I trust my instincts. I don't wear earrings, but the necklace is gorgeous!

  5. Lady D, you make it a trend and people will come calling, guaranteed.

    I think you are off to a great start, and it's just the beginning.
    I'm not a matching type gal in any of my accessories, and I am known to decorate my hijabs with odd pieces of jewelry. I would buy...and many others would.


  6. OMG...dearest Donna, I love this necklace. It is my favorite of all your pieces. I love all the different elements and the neutral colors. (Im a jewelry girl, cant you tell) Just love it. About mom always said the only reason our house was a mess was because we didnt have enough closets! LOL. take care, gerri