Jennifer Chartier Designs


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September 19, 2009

Learning to construct jewelry with sewn and off loom techniques, has been on my to-do list for several months. I finally finished a project started at the Bead & Button Show this year! This snap-on pearl enhancer is over 2 strands of hand knotted pearls.


September 7, 2009

Inspired by beads collected over the years, I've been working up some pretty bracelets. I am focusing on improving my jewelry design skills to provide greater comfort while making the design flexible for various wrist sizes. Thank you to Kate McKinnon for this great technique found in her book.


The pictured bracelets below fit those who wear 7.25 to 8.25" and can be easily rewired to further increase the size, without restringing.


August 2009

In an effort to rework, recycle and use existing inventory, I have been making my own clasps with brass wire and experimented with applying patina to the Guyot brass filigree. Playing with the "Vintaj" brand of brass filigree at this year's Bead & Button Show was fun but would be pretty pricey to incorporate into my designs. For those not familiar, this company applies a proprietary brown finish to their brass metal findings and decorative beads and elements. I think I achieved a pretty result with my own experimenting!

I still work with fine silver and enjoy molding seashells. This summer I've been wearing Mom's traditional pearls with this nautical creation featuring a found shell, fresh water pearls, and Bali silver beads.


Monday May 25, 2009

This month I attended the metal clay artist's group and the design challenge was "wearable flowers". Below is my contribution. The small silver flowers were fabricated to match the mother of pearl flowers in the feature.

The back side showing how the elements were wired on attempting to keep it smooth against the skin.


While still working with the filigree, I am enjoying some simple beaded combinations. These are memory wire bracelets with "fringe" beads used as spacers and Czech glass beads and leaves.

This moth is a Guyot piece. I love the venetian glass top drilled beads. Don't they look like dew drops? The brass moth was gilded with silver paste and polished to highlight the texture.


Saturday April 25, 2009

I enjoyed my visit with Andrea Guyot Twombly, 4th generation with Guyot Bros., in Attleboro, Massachusetts - birthplace of the jewelry industry in America! I walked away with some great purchases and samples to work with. The pendant above is constructed using 2 pieces of Guyot filigree with Swarovski "vitrail" beads and brass chain.

Tuesday April 21, 2009

I've been motivated by a local show, to have a bit more fun with the filigree pieces from Guyot. Attleboro is having a citywide event including a craft fair and art sale on Saturday, June 27th. They will be celebrating the city's jewelry manufacturing history and I thought it would be nice to feature some of the beautiful filigree made by Attleboro's own Guyot!  Filigree will be on the workbench for a while longer as I design some new pieces for the show (assuming they accept my application).

To keep the price low, I've been playing around with making my own clasps and keeping the design simple to fully appreciate the delicate filigree. It's a very romantic design with a nod to the past. It has a princess vibe and would work well as bridal jewelry.

Monday April 13, 2009

OK... done with the "peas" theme and filigree. On to other springtime inspirations.


Saturday April 11, 2009

Lately "peas" have been on the brain. Don't these pearls look like peas? I was going to go with a peas and carrots theme, but didn't have anything suggestive of carrots in my stash!

I hope to work these guys up below into some less formal finished pieces this week.


April 2, 2009

Spring may be slow to make an appearance in the Blackstone Valley this year, but my desire to leave the long snowy winter is in high gear! 

Fresh pickings off the bench...

(pressed Czech glass leaves, Swarovski crystals, soft green pearls, glass beads)

©Jennifer Chartier Designs 2009