by Alicia Rivera.
(Dover, Delaware USA)
I recently found a stash of pieces that were made back when I first started my jewelry making journey.
All these pieces were made using sterling silver because back when I started, Artistic Wire wasn’t as readily available as it is now, and sterling silver was much more affordable. I was also learning from books and sterling was used almost exclusively to teach with.
The beads in these pieces came from the very first bead show I ever attended.
My strung pieces back in these days were super simple. A lot of them were simply restrung in the same way I purchased them. I just added spacers and a clasp because I knew I liked them, but I didn’t know what else to do with them. I didn’t want to be “wrong”.
My wire pieces took FOREVER because I wanted the wraps to be perfect. Now I know that relaxing and just going with your flow can lead to some very creative imperfection in wire work in particular and jewelry design in general.
I also apparently thought every piece of jewelry needed a pair of matching earrings.
OK…I still think that…but maybe not sooo matchy matchy.
It’s still hard to beat 3 beads and a headpin when you need a quick pair of earrings to go with almost anything, but I do make my own ear wires now. 🙂
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