Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Swirls and Twirls

As I was saying yesterday - when I stumbled upon AJE's 'Inspired by... ' challenge I knew I had to enter it. The orchid picture was gorgeous, the colour is probably the only pink shade I can tolerate (fuchsia) and I had beads in that shade. For those who know me - to have pink beads is out of my range of normality. But I guess there is a beginning for every thing.

I have never owned anything pink. Except for a pique dress (which was actually my mom's) - a gorgeous shade of very light pink, and a cut that still makes me sigh so many years after (I don't even know if mom still has the pink dress, but I know for sure I won't be able to wear it anymore). And a T-shirt my dear hubby bought me many moons ago... pink? he said I would look good in it - yeah, I have the skin and eyes and hair colours that go well with pretty much anything... but... pink?

So what possessed me to buy these gorgeous dyed agate? I couldn't tell you - however it must have been something, 'cause I first got a faceted strand (along with the equally gorgeous blue ones from last week) and then I found some perfectly round one - and bought a second strand. And a pendant (tear shaped). Pink - all of them... fuchsia, bright lovely pink.

Seeing the orchid picture in the AJE blog post I knew I have to use them - and I have to use them 'now' :) So use them now I did.

I started by creating 3-4 wire-wrapped 'dangles'. I thought I will connect them together, make more and make a necklace. But they didn't feel right. Now I have 4 dangles and no piece. Great. Put it aside, I finished another pink necklace (we'll call it my 'pink' phase) - waiting for inspiration to hit. Had this piece of curved metal on my desk for a long time, really should have threw it in the garbage long time ago [a prize for the person who will guess what was the original usage of that piece of wire!]... and I kept coming back to it... until inspiration finally hit me! A bit (make that half a spool!) of wire here, a bit there - a dangle here, another one there, some hammering here, some twisting there...

When I finished I had this piece in my hand - and as my own 'babies' go this one just took the Oscar home. I like all my wire pieces a lot (the ones I made in the past 2 months or so), really do - but this one - is in a category by itself :)

Fuchsia and Sterling Silver (wire wrapping) :: All Pretty Things

Fuchsia and Sterling Silver necklace (wire wrapping) :: All Pretty Things

I just love how it ended up, the silver swirly dangles flowing gracefully between the beaded dangles!

Fuchsia and Sterling Silver earrings (wire wrapping) :: All Pretty Things

Of course I had to make a pair of earrings - although they cannot be wear together, the necklace must be alone. Now I need a bracelet for the earrings - next project :)

And all together:

Fuchsia and Sterling Silver (wire wrapping) :: All Pretty Things


As luck would have it - my hubby bought me a bunch of T-shirts (he stumbled upon a nice deal) - and between orange, blue, and white he got a fuchsia, a pink, and a purple one. Fuchsia... fuchsia... guess what I will wear today??

20 comments:

  1. These pieces are awesome Alicia!!! I just had a necklace with a squiggly copper wire but then tied kumihimo cording using a macrame knot all around it so it was more of a "form" for the knotting than a piece you could see...butthe squiggly shapes are similar to what you did here...FUN STUFF~

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    1. Thank you, Keri - indeed, FUN. And watching it come 'alive' was an interesting process :)

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  2. I so love Fun pieces but often struggle to make them. Your's is terrific! Some day I WILL master the are of wire wraps!!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thanks, Marlene, you're so sweet!

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  3. LOVE this!!! SO very beautiful! I usually don't like too much "squiggle", but this one I really like! And the write-up is so full of energy! I can see you bouncing off the walls with excitement :)

    I wanted to join this one too...but for some reason I thought we needed to use only artbeads for it. Hmm..maybe I can still put up my pic

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    1. Thank you, Kashmira! I see you finised the picture of your pink agate piece - gorgeous!

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  4. I love this! what a fun statement piece. I bet you get a BUNCH of comments when you wear it.

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    1. Thank you, Carrie - it is, indeed both: fun and bold statement :)

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  5. Oh, this is really really REALLY cool! I adore it. I (of course) love the use of the orchid color, and the organic feel of the squiggly wire. Thanks for participating. I love seeing the direction you took with the inspiration photo.

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! The challenge was great - I love it, looking forward to the next one :)

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  6. I love the necklace, the silver swirly dangles dancing lovingly polka with “The” sophisticate fuchsia beads. An expression of joy, passionate and pure love (this is how I see it). And all I can do for now is… to wait (patiently, very...) with my credit card in my hand… till the "baby" is ready for her first dance on ArtFire.

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    1. Aww... thanks... you're very sweet - I'll have them dancing that little polka soon :)

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  7. Holy Smokes this is stunning! Pretty in Pink!

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    1. Oh, Jeannie - thanks! That's my usual reaction to your pendants :) I am really happy you (and everyone else) like it!

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  8. Well, I love pink, and this is such a beautiful necklace! I also love curves in my jewelry, so that was also a plus for me. I'm so in awe of wirework, and this necklace is a wonderful example of stylish design, and great materials. Love all the way!!!

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  9. Oh, my word! I love, love, love this! I love squiqqles and think this design is brilliant.

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  10. I just love that necklace! So unique and you know, I don't wear pink either but I would so wear it.

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    1. Thank you, Shaiha - it is a very bright and happy colour, that's for sure :)

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