02 February 2013

Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge & Focusing on Life

Thanks to Miss Tracy Statler of Make Bracelets for hosting this awesome blog hop!

Last year I had been considering something similar when I got a suggestion from someone to do so, but I already do enough hops (sign ups are on for the 2nd Annual Challenge of Music - join me!) to add this. But it is such a great idea, so I am very happy that the lovely Miss Tracy did! I hope she makes this an annual thing! (hint, hint ;-)

Since words are my 'thing,' this was right up my alley. And I had just chosen my word for the year
and an image for that word



... but what sort of pendant or charm to make?

Of course I had to go with my Simple Truths. I have long wanted to offer a pendant or charm to those who choose a word of the year to frame their steps on the journey with a simple talisman that they could wear. I have bezels in all shapes and sizes and metal finishes, but of course, I thought that I needed something different.

I found the perfect bezel from Nunn Designs.

Since the focus would be on just One Word, I wanted something simple but not too large. The loops at the top and bottom were ideal so that it could be used as a bracelet bar or in a necklace or as a pendant. And the pretty stamped back was an added bonus. I thought that perhaps if I liked them that others might as well and they would be able to order their own word.

So, of course, I bought them in my favorite three metal colors: antique copper, antique silver and antique gold. And as luck would have it, two of the colors were on back order, or I would have had this done a lot sooner to offer. But there is always next year! I do have all the colors now and will work on some designs and patinas to offer them in for my shop this spring. But custom orders are always an option!

Copper is my favorite. So I stamped the word  b a l a n c e  in the center using a much larger and deeper set of stamps than normal (so if someone wants one of these, I would have to figure out what stamp might work best for their word - but I have about a dozen of them! Have you learned that about me, that if one is great, 12 is even better?).

Now, I could finish this in my usual bright color style, but I have been having fun playing with the Swellegant line of patinas and knew that I had to use that. I wanted to make it look like one solid piece of metal. I apologize for the delay in having my post ready, as I had to focus on one of my Big Rocks last night (my family - we  traveled to see my son and his team win their basketball games about an hour away), and then got a migraine (health - another of my Big Rocks) so my creative time (one of my most precious Big Rocks) was compromised. And patinas take time.

Originally, the thought was a bracelet. What a silly idea! I don't wear them that often and I find them a challenge to create, so I went with a necklace instead and dreamed about it all the way back in the car last night. I remembered that I had the perfect beads - drilled Michigan beach stones - that would work perfectly with my cairn of stacked rocks image. (BTW, I see that AllyBeans is having a 20% off sale through this weekend only. Good time to stock up on your rocks!)


The Key To Balance
 
 I found this tiny luggage key in a bag of keys I picked up at an antique store. Not liking shiny silver anything, I played with the Swellegant patinas. 
 
In my embarrassingly massive stash of art beads, I found this tiny enameled heart lock from C-Koop. By the way, I am on a self-imposed bead diet and already I have cheated. (Thanks, Miss Malin!) One of my Biggest Rocks is to create out of the chaos that is my studio and use what I have. It really is too much for one person.
 
The wellness word pendant I created and the solid copper chain that I patina-ed still need to cure a bit and maybe have more applied before I can finish it with a sealer, but you get the idea.
 
The stack of rocks is kinetic and can spin, something I am sure that I will play with when I wear it. This necklace is long, so no need for a clasp.



I know that I will wear it with everything, since it is in such neutral tones. I can already tell that I will hold onto this as a touchstone to remind me of my need for b a l a n c e in my life and that if I don't put the Big Rocks first, the rest will not fit.

Thank you Miss Tracy for inviting me to play! Please go and see what the other 50 designers did for their Wellness Words. 

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Additionally, it is week four for the Focusing on Life challenge hosted by Miss Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime. Our task this week was to find a heart. I struggled with that until I realized that I had just made a few wee Lovey-Dovey Owl pendants for my shop. These will be listed later today in case you are interested in them for your favorite Valentine! ;-*



44 comments:

AntiquityTravelers said...

Love the balance necklace!! that is something I'd wear!

Tracy Statler said...

Erin I love how those beach stones mimic your picture so perfectly and your deeply stamped pendant is to die for with those beautiful, natural copper patinas. I'd love to be a fly on the wall of your studio space miss Erin. Thank you so much for participating!

Claire said...

wow! what a stunning balance necklace!
i have a jewellery photo this week too :)
and my daughter would love these owl charms - she has a thing about them...
a great post!
no. 26

LoriF said...

Gorgeous pieces! Love the balance necklace and "Owl love you forever"...very cute!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Ooh, balance. So need to focus on this, too. And I love your little heart pictures! So sweet and beautiful.

Patty Woodland said...

Your necklace is gorgeous and the sweet little hearts on the owls are adorable

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

Anything that touches your hands Miss Erin is lovely! Beautiful balance necklace something we all need to be reminded of. LOVE the owls they are adorable!

Lisa said...

The necklace---PERFECTION!!! Just like everything you create! Love visiting your blog, you always inspire me. :) I found it odd, for lack of a better word at the moment, that bracelets are difficult for you. I never noticed you didn't make many and never dreamed anyone with your talent had a block with anything. I love how you interpret ideas! I, too, would like to be a fly on your studio wall!!

Lisa said...

The necklace---PERFECTION!!! Just like everything you create! Love visiting your blog, you always inspire me. :) I found it odd, for lack of a better word at the moment, that bracelets are difficult for you. I never noticed you didn't make many and never dreamed anyone with your talent had a block with anything. I love how you interpret ideas! I, too, would like to be a fly on your studio wall!!

Cece Cormier said...

Perfect design for your word. Love it.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Ohhhhh Erin - I love your "Balance" necklace - it is GORGEOUS! I love that the rocks can be twirled (love that in necklaces) and I just love the whole thing!

Your owl's are too cute! I love those little hearts on their chests!

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I love how your necklace echoes the photograph that you used to represent your word! How perfect. And your owl pendants with hearts are the sweetest things.

Ema K said...

It is perfect how the stacked rocks indicate balance and you translated that into jewelry. Just scrumptious!

jeanetteblix.com said...

Key to Balance. So pretty Erin, Everything you create is so beautifully designed!

Shel said...

As usual, I had to wipe the drool off the keyboard while looking at your jewelry and lovely pendants!! I love your word choice and those owls with hearts(owls are one of my totem animals!) are so super cute I can't even tell you how big my smile was when I saw them! Awesome photos, too!!

Rebecca said...

Those heart owls are so cute! And I LOVE the necklace. SImple, pretty, easy to wear with just about anything.....I am with you also - if one is great, twelve is undoubtedly fabulous! I had calm as my word last year. I failed.....! And so rather than bring failure and the guilt associated with it on my head, I haven't picked one this year. I keep pondering whether I should....but for me, it was like a NY resolution - it just made me feel bad that I had NOT managed to achieve it!

Sharon said...

Very lovely and meaningful, the river rocks and word pendant are perfection!

Mary Anne said...

Love the use of the bezel! Did you stamp on the *back* of it, then sand/file the pattern off? I usually fill them with resin, LOL.

Beti Horvath said...

L do love the balance pendant! All your choices are wonderful.

Jenni said...

I love rock cairns/ towers etc, really want one in my garden! I adore how you put the stones in your necklace, thanks for the link, too.
Jenni

Stacie said...

I love seeing what artists create just for themselves and this necklace is just so wonderful on so many levels...the stones..oh...love those...so zen..and beautiful in their not faceted, clean and simple way. And those bezels are beautiful...but your work is so apropos for talismen work...or touchstones...gentle reminders to be aware of what we are trying to internalize...really beautiful work!!

Adrienne said...

Oh I love it! And those stones, I saw those all over New England when I went up there for a road trip last summer.

Ann Schroeder said...

I love this necklace! I'm having so much fun looking at the results of this blog hop. Thank you for sharing yours.

Alicia said...

Beautiful pieces, Erin: the wellness necklace is perfect, I love how you even added the stones! magic...

The owl charms are so pretty - I'll have to get some for my mom, she loves owls :)

Annette said...

What a beautiful necklace and it has a heart too! The owls are just too cute with their little hearts!

My Life Under the Bus said...

OMG Such sweet little owls! LOVE!!! ...and the hearts I got from you are just stunning!

Marlene Cupo said...

Can never have enough heart bling in our lives, great additions to your shop!

Saraccino said...

Your necklace is to the point! It is fitting for the word looking so balanced. It is beautiful without knowing your inspiration, with knowing it it gets even more special! :)

*waves*

Claire

Laura Twiford said...

I love how you were able to translate your word for the year and the rocks into a necklace to wear, that is so cool! I really like all the components you have but the balance charm and the rocks are perfect, I could see myself fiddling with the rocks as I was thinking too! Making custom word charms is a fantastic idea! The coloring you used along with the bezel are great!

Kate said...

I am so glad I popped back to see you and caught your post.

Firstly I love the picture you have chosen to illustrate your word of the year. Then I absolutely adore the little cairn of rocks replicated on the necklace. I need to investigate where I can get myself some of those! Your use of the patinas to add colour was the perfect finishing touch.

So please to have met you.

** Kate **

alankarshilpa said...

Erin, Beautiful work. The key words - rather thoughts - balance, key and beauty are manifested so brilliantly in your piece. Yes, I am sure you'll wear it a lot...I would. Love. Dita.

Brandi Hussey said...

What a clever idea, offering up custom Word of the Year necklaces! A ton of people would be interested, I'm sure. Yours is gorgeous!

Patti Van said...

Oh yes...your balance necklace is perfect in every way...looks just like your blog header and I love that! Your Lovey Dovey owls are simply ADORABLE!

Tanya said...

Erin, your necklace is simply stunning. I love how the rocks link back to your original photo -- amazing!

I am also loving your new patinas. It gives your pieces such a different look and just melts into the bezel.

Your owls are just adorable! I had to go and look at all of them in your shop and I can't even pick a favorite. They are all wonderful.

CraftyHope said...

Your necklace really speaks to me. I think that the idea of balance and the calm that comes from it transfers so well from the first photo to the necklace. Excellent deign!
As well, the hearts are so fab in the owls. They are almost hidden as I don't think would have noticed them had you not pointed them out. Of course, I'm also a little distracted right now too.

A Polymer Penchant said...

Love the contrast of your post! First this gorgeous wear-with-anything necklace followed by such a hit of glowing colour. Now that's a balance! I think stones are a perfect choice too, you were already working with that imagery and I think it's a wonderful connection to earth. Oh and about if 1 is good 12 is better - I immediately thought of the M*A*S*H* episode where they are trying to get an autoclave and argue along the lines of let us have one you have three. With reply - If I let you have one then I will only have two, two not as good as three... My home was always filled with "MASH quotes" growning up

Erin Siegel said...

Your necklace sure is perfect, Miss Erin! I love the texture of the stacked rocks, the tactile factor of those and the fact they are a perfect match for your theme. I love the color of the patinas and the natural look of your handmade pendant. I'm betting you will be wearing this all the time. I know I would!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Gorgeous pendants-your work always captures my heart Erin!

I also absolutely adore your Balance necklace for the Wellness Words challenge. Love the rocks. I too have an embarrassingly massive stash of art beads! Can't help it, I am addicted to artisan beads! :)

maryharding said...

Your necklace is super. I think your image of the balanced stones is so fitting since it is a pragmatic approach to your goal. No hard and fast rules, just what works at a given time. I agree I would wear that necklace all the time too!!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Balance - always striving for that! The textures in the patina and enamel along with the pendant are fabulous! I'll have to try those swellegant patinas. Oh wait, I'm on an art supply diet also. Almost forgot. :)

Cindy said...

Erin, I enjoyed your post, as always. The necklace you created is beautiful, and I like how you included not only the rocks (so great to touch and full of symbolism), but also your own art bead for the pendant. Balance is a super word to focus on - it sure resonates with me as well. And I had to smile when I read the description of your bead stash as "embarrassingly massive!". :-)

maxandlucie said...

Erin, this "balance" necklace is stunning! You never cease to amaze me--your eye for color and your creativity are simply astounding.

maxandlucie said...

Erin, this "balance" necklace is stunning! You never cease to amaze me--your eye for color and your creativity are simply astounding.

Suzette said...

Hi Erin, your necklace is beautiful...love the colors, the bezel and all the other components that you added! Thank you again for taking the time to create my special little pendant too...I will be wearing it to Florida for our Cousin retreat! Suzette

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