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
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
bracelets below fit those who wear 7.25 to 8.25" and can
be easily rewired to further increase the size, without
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,
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
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
Saturday April 25,
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,
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,
OK... done with the
"peas" theme and filigree. On to other springtime
Saturday April 11,
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
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
Fresh pickings off
(pressed Czech glass leaves, Swarovski crystals, soft
green pearls, glass beads)
©Jennifer Chartier Designs 2009