Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Trials and Tribulations, Heartaches and Pains

Trials and tribulations, heartaches and pains is a line sang by Mavis Staples in the movie Graffiti Bridge starring Prince. They may have visited me this week but have been shooed away by perseverance and long hours.

Of inspiration one percent, of perspiration, ninety nine. Thomas A. Edison

I've been working on a new idea. I have tons of filigree like sketches that I've been trying to turn into jewelry. Well, I think I've finally figured it out.

I began with copper wire shaped it using a template. I then flattened each piece with a hammer and anvil. I soldiered each piece together and then soldiered the entire piece for a uneven and more organic feel added the "globes". The globes are made with flat back glass beads, vintage illustrations from various books and sheets of copper tape. I added a patina and finished them by embellishing them with beads and creating a neck piece. I re-patina the entire piece for an overall look that is cohesive.

They'll be on Etsy soon enough but I wanted to share.

Thanks Troy - Cerulean Gypsy


  1. Beautiful and stunning! These are works of art!

  2. I like the globs, did you put drawings behind them? You know, this style of work would make WICKED chandeliers! You could make little ones for hanging around lightbulbs instead of lampshades!

  3. I did do drawings but I find I like the process to be more organic so I do it all by hand and eye. I love the idea of the chandeliers. I'll try one.

  4. Maria, What is your favorite color If I were to make a chandelier?

  5. Hmmm, fave colour. I think turquoises / duck-egg blues (like your blog background) and deep oranges work lovely together!

  6. I so agree. I'm thinking about doing our daughters bedroom in a egg-blue with burnt orange accents. I found a great piece of vintage fabric that I want to make pillows out of.
    Back to the Chandi...OK You got it. Send me your address via email.