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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  • Val says:

    Beautiful work on everything Rena! Wrapping the 2000 year old arrowhead must have felt so surreal!!! I love buying a unique pendant on Etsy and creating a necklace around that piece. One customer had asked me for a mangnolia inspired necklace and I found the perfect literal pendant on Etsy with the photo of magnolia flowers. Then was able to make a gorgeous necklace using pearls and mother of pearl that complemented the piece perfectly!

  • zoraida says:

    I love to combine my jewelry with elements from another artist. I purchased a dichroic glass pendant from a local artist at a craft fair and can’t wait to design around it. My daughter created some wonderful tiny Taiko drums out of polymer clay (we both study Taiko drumming) and I made a necklace with a drum pendant. She liked it so much she made one for herself along with tiny Bachi (the drum sticks) hanging from it. It’s a creative challenge to design a piece of jewelry this way. By the way, I love the necklace you’re wearing!

  • I have collaborated with a wonderful woodworking artist and he created some beautiful inlayed (sp) wooden pendants for me. When I display the necklaces for sale at shows, I keep a stack of his business cards next to them so my customers can also check out his work.

  • Tamara says:

    When I poke around in secondhand shops for jewellery components, I often find jewellery that people have made, and often there’s something wrong with the piece, or things I don’t like about it, but often there’s a part of it that I do. Maybe they’ve made a neat pendant, or did a technique that I don’t do, like wire crochet. I like to incorporate those bits into my jewellery.

  • Lora Hart says:

    What a lovely surprise to see your beautiful reinterpretation of my pendant necklace! The design turned out beautifully, and I’m honored that you were inspired to blend my artistry with yours.

  • Thank you, Lora! And thanks for creating such lovely, inspiring elements.

  • Thanks to all for sharing your neat experiences with combining creativity! It’s definitely a way to expand your perspective, and I love hearing how these collaborations are happening for you.

  • Niki Palomino says:

    I love your creations, they are truly amazing. I am complete new to the world of Jewelry design and I admit I am a little be frighten. Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge.

  • Christine says:

    I Love what you’ve done with each of these pieces! Your so talented. I love to make jewelry too. (as I’m sure everyone who reads this journal does) and I incorporate a lot of artsy beads and focal pendants made by other artists. It makes each piece unique and more beautiful.

  • Barbie says:

    I have added my beadwork to the lovely work of a local silversmith. It was an awesome experience which seemed to bring out the best in me as I wanted to do work worthy of the beautiful pendants.

  • horbinsr says:

    I’m new to jewelry making, of any kind. I was just inspired one day while browsing with my wife in some art-craft boutiques and started dabbling in wood. I would like to post some of the pieces I’ve done.
    My mother recently passed away and I “inherited” a collection of very fascinating costume jewelry (which I’d also like to show).
    My issue is … I want to incorporate some of her, quite beautiful pieces into my work but I’m a little stumped in how to combine them (vintage vs modern – mine are clean and simple and hers are very ornate).
    I would appreciate any ideas anyone might have of how I could approach this and stimulate my “creativity”.

  • Horbinsr, I’m looking forward to seeing the lovely costume jewelry pieces from your mother – and hearing everyone’s suggestions for you! 🙂

  • Barbara Herndon says:

    Horbinsr – Please, please, do yourself a favor and look at vintage jewelry online before you take anything apart. Some of your Mamas jewelry may be worth a small fortune as is. If you take them apart without knowing what you’ve got, it’ll break your heart later.

  • zoe says:

    I absolutely love the coral themed necklace. That arrowhead pendant looks awesome too.keep up your great work Rena 🙂

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