Combining Your Creativity with Another Artist’s Work

Jewelry and Coffee with Rena
Video Episode 21

by Rena Klingenberg.

See four jewelry items I’ve created, which also involved other people’s artistry:

Transcript of This Video:

One of the things I think is really fun in jewelry art is when you have the chance to include someone else’s artistry in a piece of jewelry you’re making.

I always find it’s very mind expanding and eye-opening when you get to see artistry through their eyes and incorporate some of their creative ideas in something you’re working on.

I have four projects that I’d like to share with you that I have included someone else’s artistry in jewelry that I’ve made – so come along and I’ll show you:

Metal Clay Pendant by Lora Hart

Pendant by Lora Hart; Necklace by Rena Klingenberg

Pendant by Lora Hart; Necklace by Rena Klingenberg

This gorgeous metal clay pendant was created by artist Lora Hart.

When I purchased the pendant from her, it also came with the bead that’s just above it – the black bead with the little orange dots in it.

So I wanted to keep them together when I created a necklace with them.

And this is the necklace I created.

I tried to stay true to what I felt was her artistic vision in including the funky orange bead along with the sort of Victorian looking pendant, and I came up with something that I’m very pleased with.

And I hope that if she ever saw it, she would be pleased with it too.

Dichroic Glass Cabochon by Barbara Mellen

Cabochon by Barbara Mellen; wirework by Rena Klingenberg

Cabochon by Barbara Mellen; wirework by Rena Klingenberg

This surfboard-shaped cabochon made from dichroic glass was from glass artist Barbara Mellen.

I added my wirework to it – that’s 14k gf wire.

This is a project I did several years ago, and it’s become a tradition that I hang this on the Christmas tree every year.

Coral Reef Silver Pendant by Cayman Island Artist

Pendant by Cayman Island artist; necklace by Rena Klingenberg

Pendant by Cayman Island artist; necklace by Rena Klingenberg

This silver pendant was made by an Etsy seller who’s no longer in business.

She was from the Cayman Islands, and her pendant represents a coral reef.

So when I created the necklace for this pendant, I wanted to include ocean colors so the coral reef would feel like it was in an underwater environment.

2,000 Year Old Arrowhead, Artist Unknown 🙂

Arrowhead made 20 centuries ago; wirework by Rena Klingenberg

Arrowhead made 20 centuries ago; wirework by Rena Klingenberg

This is a 2,000 year old arrowhead that my mailman brought to me to wire-wrap as a gift to his grandson.

He and his grandson had gone on a rafting trip and found the arrowhead, and he wanted it turned into a pendant as a special memento for his grandson of that day.

It was really neat to combine my artistry with the artistry of someone who lived 2,000 years ago.

It was almost a sacred experience, and it was very fun to find a way to put my modern artistry around their ancient artistry.

(See the tutorial I made from this project: How to Wire Wrap an Arrowhead.)

I hope you enjoyed that quick little tour of some of the ways I’ve combined my creativity with other people’s creativity.

And I would love to hear about any experiences you’ve had in combining your artistry with other artists’ work.

Thank you for stopping in today, and I’ll see you next time!

The Jewelry Rena’s Wearing
in This Video:

I forgot to mention that the necklace I'm wearing in this video is also the first jewelry item I discuss in it!

I forgot to mention that the necklace I’m wearing in this video is also the first jewelry item I discuss in it!

Necklace – by Rena Klingenberg with pendant by Lora Hart. Silver clay, Czech glass, amber, wood, oxidized silver.

Earrings – by Rena Klingenberg. Oxidized silver, amber, turquoise.

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