I am putting myself on a jewelry making purchase diet for a month. In other words, no new jewelry making stuff coming into the house (unless it organizes my existing jewelry making stuff). It’s a nasty cycle isn’t it? My focus will be on putting my jewelry making tools, supplies, various mediums and beads in sight and making them easily accessible so I can efficiently produce the multimedia pieces I want to – without making the place look like a bomb went off. I am a technique and tool junkie. I want to try it all, which is of course impossible. But I sure give it a good try! Which can lead to total disorganization both in my studio and in my mind.
We have some extra wood left over from a garage cabinet building project we did so I am hoping to put the left over wood to use down in my studio. I won’t be doing the building, just the designing. I would hate to mess up my tools.
So, I have made a pact to use what I have. I’ve decided to attack my wire stash first. To use the wire, I have been making more of my own ear wires and trying to make some that are a little unique. Hammering and using fire is so therapeutic!
This earring wire shape was a little challenging for me, but I like how they turned out. This shape helps to visually thin and elongate your face and I just love labradorites! These are made from a silver filled 18 gauge wire. I have been enjoying working with the silver filled wire. It’s not as scary if you mess up and it still oxidizes, etc.
Here is a long pendant that I made out of 16 gauge copper wire that I hammered, stamped and oxidized. Love the effect of an elongated necklace on a fine chain. The cute silver bird is from Hip Chick Beads.
This diet is going to take some discipline! Wish me luck.
Do you ever feel buried by your “stuff”? Do you need to work and be creative in an organized space or does organized chaos suit your style? Do tell!