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Earlier in January I stumbled upon Tracy's intriguing 'healthy jewelry making challenge': we were to pick a powerful word or phrase and incorporate it in jewelry.
I meant to start working with words for a while - and this seemed the perfect time to do just that!
I wasn't sure what my word should be - but you know how I let words and designs pick me: it's much easier that way :) A few days after signing up, I had an urge to try something: I took a piece of 12 ga copper and flatten it down in a thin band... stamped the word on it, formed it into a ring, soldered it (twice: the first time I didn't pay attention and forgot to flux it... I was frustrated beyond words, the soldering wouldn't work!), buff & shine to perfection (my definition of perfection, anyhow :) )
|Hope & bloom :)|
I wanted to make a ring and that meant I had to keep the word short: somehow only hope came to mind. It is something I learned very young: keep up the hope and almost everything becomes possible. It's not that I struggle with keeping the hope up, it's simply that I love the concept of hope and since making the ring I didn't take it off (except at night). I'll have to make myself a silver one, I shine and buff this one weekly and I still have a nice green mark on my finger.
|The tulip is almost ready to come out :) there is hope for spring!|
It's very irregular - and I love it for that! it is simply mine :)
I wanted to make something else - with my 2013 word ('bloom'). I got my new brass blanks from Lori just Thursday evening and I couldn't finish the earrings, and what's most annoying is the reason: I stamped and shine them nicely, I had tons of fun making the holes too... and I stumbled on adding the beads. It shows I don't work with brass / gold too much. No matter what gemstones I have tried, they didn't look good! If you have any suggestions at all, I would appreciate it - before I do my magic trick and up-down the boxes in the studio :)
Anyhow - here I am with my hope and my bloom: powerful words.
P.S. I managed to show you some of the real blooms on my desk right now too!
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