Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jet of the Day - Designs by Cher

Boho Chic Long Gypsy Fringe Necklace

My name is Cher, and I'm addicted to beads, gemstones and all that jewelry making entails... for which I blame my sister, Deb, lol

Teal Apatite Antiqued Copper Necklace
When I went for a visit about 12 years ago, she had just taken a beading class and showed me the basics. Then she took me for an online trip thru ebay and once I saw all the beautiful Swarovski crystals, lampwork glass beads and dichroic glass, I was hooked... and I haven't stopped since!

So while I began my little business with beaded crystal and glass jewelry designs (which I still love, as evidenced by my overwhelming supplies inventory), I've expanded my tastes and materials ... to gemstones, wire wrapping, wirework and in the past year or two, metalwork... and that has become a passion.

Antiqued Copper and Pyrite Earrings
Antique Copper Marquis Quartz Pendant
Of course gold filled and sterling silver, but my real love is working with brass and copper... plus if I screw up while experimenting with it, I don't have to cry myself to sleep over the dollars lost to the scrap pile, lol!

I find it very satisfying to take a simple piece of wire, bending and forming it into an interesting shape, hammering (very theraputic too, btw), oxidizing and buffing it by hand, giving it a unique character all its own. With the proper tools, you can manipulate metal and make it do whatever you want and I love nothing better than to play with wire, which often results in a happy accident that surprises even me ;)

Antique Copper with Cats Eye Briolette and Adjustable Chain
I did some experimenting and found that "cooking" some metals gives them an entirely different color than when in their natural state, even different than a liver of sulphur patina... altho I do like the resulting colors that presents too, but heat provides an entirely different effect.

Antique Copper Scrollwork Earrings with Floating Turquoise Focal
To that end, I've enjoyed making my own style of earwires, clasps and pendants in different metals for my own jewelry designs, then found that other jewelry designers like them too, so I've expanded to creating them for sale in my Etsy shop.

I'll stop rambling now and show you a few of my favorite metalwork creations...
pendants and necklaces

Teal Blue Antique Copper Asymmetrical Necklace
Berry Purple Turquoise Necklace
Antique Copper Pearl Earrings with Keishi and Baroque Pearls

So, if you see something you like here... cruise on by my etsy shop and do some browsing ;) Thank you for reading!


Beadsme said...

Over the few years I have known Cher through Etsy her designs have grown and remained as beautiful as she is.

Mollie Ann said...

Cher, you are a woman after my own heart! I love your shop, your wire and metal work, your spot on eye for design -- everything! And oh, how I love what you do with copper!!! :)

JillreOzmay said...

Love this post Cher! Our stories are so similar as to the drift from beads to wirework, something I never thought I would love. Thank you for sharing your journey. Your wirework is awesome!

DG Jewelry Designs said...

Cher, this is a great post. I love your shop and your jewelry designs. Thank you for sharing.

Michele said...

Great post, lovely person and shop own a heart necklace from her which I love wearing.!!!!

Tracy said...

I am enamored with Cher's designs! I love the shapes, the colors, the style, the intricacy! Truly amazing.

Made By Tammy said...

I love reading about your journey of becoming a jewelry designer / artist. Your jewelry is Gorgeous and your wire wrapping wirework is Spectacular.

SendingLoveGallery said...

great post~ I love your jewelry and the new directions!

willowcreekjewelry said...

You're Mauve-Aw-Lus! Great post and awesomely gorgeous designs!

Cher said...

Awww, thanks so much for all the kind words *sniff* ... and thanks to Norah for putting my feature together :) It's fun being the JET star of the day!

Unknown said...

Hey GF!!
Well You know I knew you several years ago while you were still in the crystal,silver, gemstones time frame and I also have enjoyed immensely seeing your GORGEOUS designs evolve. JET's I have Cher to thank for showing me how to wire wrap, and so much more. I have always gone to her for advice and she has been my inspiration for so very long,and will continue to be...I LUBBB U Mannnnnn... :-D

Bob J24-7 said...

Definitely one of my FAVORITE Etsy shops ... Cher is a true innovator, an artist and a master manipulator of metal, creating her own unique line of fabulous jewelry!

cooljewelrydesign said...

Cher is the heart of this team...a spicy one at that...and her gorgeous work has been a journey that I have enjoyed watching. Your "stuff" is awesome and I am so happy to revisit your shop to find even more awesome jewelry. Your love for your art is obvious. Thank you for all of your help in the past.

jemsbyjb said...

Cher is truly a gifted artist. Love to watch her jewelry evolve and her metal work is superb.

Erika Price said...

Cher's work is simply amazing - I especiallly love the way she works with metals to create unique desirable jewelry!