Mel's jewelry expressions offers information on jewelry designing including metal stamping, cold connection with metals, soldering, precious metal clay, lampwork, resin, photo transfer and photo charms onto precious metal, wire-wrapping, copper, brass, sterling silver, gold filled precious metals. Updates on changing jewelry and fashion trends.
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There is a little story behind these pieces...
I was recently juried for the local "Farmer's Market" and this bangle and earrings were some of the items approved for me to sale at my table. I didn't realize how far the market had come with artists and how flooded the market is with jewelry designers until I decided to ask for a booth. I went through strict judging by other artists and was thrilled to be approved but sad that I cannot do any "beading" for my booth. Only silverwork, my stained glass pendants, spoon bracelets, hand stamped items, lampwork glass items and hand forged items can be sold there because of other jewelry designers that had been approved before with beadwork. At first I was a little down because beadwork really helps me fill my table and also allows me to price some items at lower cost for people that are there just looking for a simple trinket or small gift. After I thought about it a bit, I realized that this gives me an opportunity to expand my creative outlet and have fun with wire work and forging and create unique items that are really heirloom quality and keepers! So I'm having a lot of fun coming up with creations. The only problem is I can get my brain to quit designing when its time to sleep!! Our first day at the market is April 9th. So needless to say, I will be very busy creating lots of items for my booth!
This bangle is hand forged with sterling silver and I have included some gorgeous lampwork glass beads and a few whimsical Thai Hilltribe silver insects. I finished it off with a hand forged clasp in sterling silver. The earrings are made with the same set of lampwork glass and have been wire-wrapped in sterling silver. If you would like to purchase this bangle or earrings, just email me. The bangle is $62.00 and the earrings are $22.00.
I've been working on this for a few years on and off and finally just sat down and forced myself to learn how to do this. After many trials and errors, I think I'm doing a lot better. A special friend sent me these dichroic cabs and they are just beautiful. Thanks Deb!! I know I have a long way to go, but I really like how these turned out. The pictures are in the order that I created them. The sunflower has been sold. I'm not sure if I will let the butterfly go. I am a collector of butterflies and this is the first one I made. The other pendants are hot off the bench. Just made them yesterday. I got a creative hair and worked till I was just to tired to continue. Hope you like them.