Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hand jewelry--jewelry for the hand...Kelli Clarkson made me do it!

About a week ago I caught a Kelli Clarkson video "Stronger."  What blew me away about this video was her jewelry specifically a cuff--a "hand cuff" worn on the back of the hand between the knuckles and the wrist.  It looked very ancient, very powerful...and something I've never seen it span the width of the back of her hand.  What I've described is the best I can tell--even with pausing the video and trying to drag the slider frame by frame. I would share the image of it here with you but my technical skills are lacking.

After viewing the video the first thing I did was to try and find anything like it in images of contemporary jewelry and historical adornment.  Again what I was looking for was not the design of the cuff but; the placement on the hand.

I would love to know if any of you have seen not only Kelli's jewelry but also have you seen wearing a cuff on the hand.  I have to admit it's not a big leap to place a cuff there, in fact it much like a "slave bracelet," (really don't like that term).

So here's my first attempt to respond to the inspiration these images created with the work I'm showing here.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beginner Lesson Prototype Design | JewelryLessons.com

Great place for inspiration...here's one...
Beginner Lesson Prototype Design | JewelryLessons.com

This is a new lesson for beginner weaving I am developing. I wanted to offer some classes for those just starting out and have never woven wire. This is a simple weave that looks more complicated than it is. It is also easy to customize it to be more of what you want, ie, make the hoops larger or smaller, use different beads to change the color, etc... Copper and turquoise is classic so that is why I chose these materials for the lesson but tomorrow I'll make a pair in silver and different beads.
I'd love to know your thoughts. All critiques are very welcome.