This pair was made as a present, using some old James Avery armadillo charms souped up with new silver-toned seed beads and marble-like hearts. The armadillos are very intricate and cute but very tiny so now they have a few more accessories to draw attention.
Using some silver-toned wire, I did some wire wraps to link everything together. My friend loved them and quickly put them on!
Jewelry making is an art and craft I usually admire in others. But, I'm curious and often like a challenge.
This is an old and half-broken Swatch I have been playing with the last couple of weekends. The plastic fasteners around the face have broken off the bottom and it has not been able to be a watch for a long time. But I love the design of the face: a strong sun in the center and variously colored planets at each five minute mark. Playing with ideas to recycle and upcycle it as a necklace, I had several ideas but testing them on materials showed just how many options are available and how limited my experience and skill level is.
There was a point when I almost gave up and researched buying a "vintage" replacement of my watch; however, I could not find that design online anywhere. Besides, the history of this watch could not be duplicated--a memory of first seeing and purchasing this Swatch about 1999 in a cool shop in a nearby college town with a friend who now lives further afield. Then, I also remember being befuddled with making books until I found some bindings I liked and could actually do.
So, I pressed onward, doing things I know how to do, with materials I know how to use. A piece of thick scrap leather, eyelets, Irish linen thread, some beads, dangles, a blank chain, and some leather cord. A bit of wire twisting and hammering. Some guess-ti-mate measurements. Some temporary openings.
And, I am very happy with the results.
Am I an expert jewelry maker now? No way. But I had fun. And I learned a lot. And I solved a problem. Doing so has given me confidence to try again. I especially like being able to bring old memories to life, to be rebirth them in another form.
I earn my living as a logical bookkeeper but earn my enrichment as a passionate artist. I love using bold colors and textures as well as enjoying the surprise of discovery. Starting as an abstract acrylic painter, I have branched out into bookbinding, photography, printmaking, and art journaling. Curiosity and experimentation can often lure me away to explore other media. My inspiration comes from nature, travel, and happy accidents.