With each piece that I make, I hope that I am branching out, hope I am growing, hope I am improving. I definitely know that when I look back at the work from prior years, I see the growth. From one piece to the next, of course I can’t. But over longer periods of time, I do see it.
I’m still working in a rustic aesthetic and I’m still using circles. Both were strong elements of my work in 2011. We will see if that continues. I’m OK either way.
The inspiration for this necklace came from the green and rust glass oval beads that hang at the bottom of the necklace. I got them and the sexy jet AB crystals from Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA. The other stuff is from my stash. I created five dangles, each with similarities and with differences from each other and think that I’ve hung them in a pleasing manner. They hang from a brass bar that I textured, annealed, hammered more, and then darkened. The patina did not come out even, there are brown areas and other areas with a more greenish cast. I thought those colorations worked perfectly with the beads.
The brass bar started life as a really basic brass stamping. One that I would not use in a finished piece today unaltered. I did use them in the past, but as they say – when I knew better, I did better.
For the necklace, I wanted the jet crystals strewn about ever so. Heavily at the bottom and then gradually thinning out. I love the sense of almost movement that the spacing creates.
Allegory Gallery is a new business operated by Andrew Thornton. He sells art, jewelry, and fabulous beads and jewelry supplies. It’s located in Ligonier, PA, I’ve visited there myself and it’s lovely. Here’s the website and if you can, give them a Like on Facebook, they are trying to get some of those free advertising dollars that Facebook has targeted for small businesses. We need to support small businesses. They are what keeps every city from being the same strip of big box stores. So, send him some love.