April 8, 2012

YOJ: Week 14 - Flower Gemstone Pendant

As a designer, I almost always plan my projects in advance,  I have a sketchbook for jewelry that I use to make notes of things I see that inspire me.  It could be a piece of jewelry, a pattern, a color combination or an idea for a whole jewelry line.  I always have a notebook ready to capture it.
This week, I planned to make a gemstone flower.  This is not even close to my original sketches, but I'm still really happy with the way it turned out.  My original plan was
much simpler - like a daisy chain you normally make with seed beads - only using gemstones.  I was having difficulty getting the shape I wanted with the technique, so I gave up and started fresh today.
This pendant is made with 26 and 30 gauge sterling wire.  I am very satisfied with most aspects of the necklace and plan to try and make several more.  I really would like a pair of earrings that incorporates a flower like this - hopefully that is next week's project.

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