Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Jet of the Day - Dashery


Sterling Silver Web Pendant (smaller size)
My first memories of jewelry making didn’t include normal materials. When I was a little girl, I would sit in the huge grassy field and gather up clover flowers to tie together to make jewelry. Long ropes of them for necklaces, shorter ones for crowns and bracelets. The crowns were my favorite. But the jewelry making bug didn’t bite me back then.
When I was in college, I had a friend who had a fabulous chain maille bracelet. It was a stainless steel, dragons weave, endless loop and I coveted it. I wore it for a while, but sadly she wanted it back. I found a book about chain making called Great Wire Jewelry by Irene From Petersen and I was hooked! I cut out thousands of jump rings and crafted them into bracelets like this one:


Sterling Silver Queen Chainmaille



Then I was amazed to find that I could buy long strands of gemstone beads. All the pretty colors and shapes and sizes! Another love was born! I could use the same wire I was using to make my chain maille to make chains of beautiful gemstone beads like this necklace.
Amazonite Harlequin Faceted Nugget Necklace

More recently I’ve been fascinated with metalworking techniques. A couple of years ago I took some fabulous jewelry classes at our local Arts Center. I learned so much fun stuff and started using those skills in my work. I learned riveting that I use in this ring.

Riveted Copper Ring With Blue Raku Spinner Bead

I learned chasing and repousse which is basically pushing the metal around from the front and back of a piece to make it three dimensional. I used these techniques to make this pendant:


Handmade Copper Bird Pendant

This has been my jewelry making journey up to now. I hope to keep learning and have fun adding to my skills.
Thank you for reading!
Lori

13 comments :

TheSilverBear said...

A great blog & lovely photos - inspirational!

Beadsme said...

Love your designs Dashy. Great chainmaille.

Tracy said...

Fabulous post and fantastic work! I love the different techniques you are able to pick up and incorporate into your pieces! Such talent!

Michele said...

Was nice reading about your journey, lovely jewelry!!!!

JillreOzmay said...

Great post Lori, and terrific work!

Made By Tammy said...

I loved reading about your Jewelry making Journey. Fantastic jewelry too!

WanderingJewel said...

Beautiful pieces. Great blog post

SendingLoveGallery said...

enjoyed learning about your jewelry past and present, Lori- beautiful jewelry!

Dashery Jewelry said...

Thanks JETs!

Brooke said...

Beautiful jewelry and interesting post:)

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cooljewelrydesign said...

Lovely post about even lovelier jewelry...Dash, I just love that ring!

jemsbyjb said...

Great post and beautiful designs.