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Monday, July 26, 2010

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Okay.  So I'm not working with diamonds.  And I don't really know what Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds has to do with this post.  I was searching for songs about jewelry.  I get a lot of inspiration from music.  I just couldn't think of a thing for the title of this post.

 I went to an art fair this weekend and saw lots of really amazing jewelry art.  So there I am, all inspired and everything.  I came home and drug out all of my jewelry bits and bobs, findings and beads, pliers, scissors, well, you know.  EVERYTHING!

I don't know if you've ever made any jewelry but let me tell you.  
You can't just pull out a few things.  
Oh no, no, no.  
You gotta drag out the entire kit and kaboodle!  You just do!!
Tons of beads.  I should never have to go purchase beads for as long as I live.  Well, that being said, these are smallish beads and I'd really like some nice chunky beads. BUT - I will remain strong and be thankful that Michaels is about 20 minutes away!
First I made some bracelets strung on elastic.  Don't ask me what these bizarre hanging down bits are.  It was a moment of "artistic license."  Humor me.  It looks like some sort of bead disease that has wrongly gone amuck.  Amuck beads are not something to be proud of.
Another bracelet strung on elastic.  This is the quickest and easiest way to slam together a bracelet.  
Bracelet number three.
Put them all together
They look pretty spiffy all together on my arm.
Except for those bizarro
malignant bits hanging down.
Tonight, I'm tearing that baby apart and getting rid of those pieces.
Sometimes my inspiration gets the best of me.
Next, I wanted to make a bracelet to go with some very cool
shell earrings that I own.
I made this one.  
It's kind of beachy and shelly if you get my drift.
I soldiered on with this bit of inspiration.
In retrospect it sort of looks like bowling balls 
and the eyes 
from that weird Geico commercial.
Ummm...maybe not some of my best work.

Not to be stopped it was full steam ahead to this beauty:
Not to be deterred I had descended into madness and created this.
If you take every weird bit of junk you have 
and fasten it together
to form a piece of art jewelry
you get this lovely!
It's odd isn't it?
It reminds me of a Rita Rudner piece.
She's a comedian.
She says, "The salesgirl says this would look better on."
"On what?"

Next, I made these.
They're a little better.
Lastly, I stepped down off of the Crazy Train O'jewelry
Simplification is key.

All in all it was a fun afternoon.  Half of this jewelry I'll take apart and come up with something else.
That's the nice thing about jewelry.  
If you don't like it, take it apart and make something entirely different.


AlphaBetsy said...

I love the necklace. I would wear it all the time.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I think they are all neat! You are SO talented!


Sheila :-)

Honey Lamb and I said...

So pretty! I love Rita Rudner and got a chance to see her in Vegas a few years ago! I love her:) ~Shelley O

thekathrynwheel said...

Ha ha! Seems like you had a fun afternoon. well, I liked the dangly down bits on the bracelet :-)
I don't really do jewellery but I can imagine that if I did I too would have a huge collection of beads like this. It looks like fun!

Susan said...

Well did we have a little extra time on our hands??? Could you "slam" a few things together for me. I will take anyone of those "cool" braclets you created....just slam it in my box at work.Haha Thank you! Susan

Cher' Shots said...

Great pieces! It's funny how we accumulate so much 'stuff' ~ I don't make jewlry myself but through garage sale finds and the trift shops I've accumulated beads in packs with other treasures. I actually have enough to make 'something' fantatic if the mood should move me. lol said...

The other half of the fun is just playing with all the pieces over and over before you even make anything with it.

Trudi Sissons - Two Dresses Studio said...

You are hilarious! I like those bits that hang down on the first - and the Radner joke - on fire....loved her sense of humor...
You have a great talent for writing... and for making jewelry!~

Róisín said...

I love these! I used to be so obsessed with beads a few years back when I was a student that I would spend all my money on them. And I really didn't have much money to start with! Seriously, it was an addiction. I had to wean myself out of it but looking at your big box has me fearing a relapse!

Greatma said...

Love the blue bird plate!!!!!!!!!!!!Should make a pretty necklace, but I like the plate even better. Antique Rose