My goal today was to make a large, bold statement piece that could also be elegant and feminine. Ideally, it would be equally appropriate with jeans & sweater or with a little black evening dress. That in mind, I came up with this large foldformed copper curl on a semi-rigid neck wire. The focal piece is generous, about 2 3/4" wide and 2.5" high. There are two sterling silver bales on the back holding the neck wires.
It was really hard making this foldformed shape without opening it up. It would have curled nicely, but for this I needed it flat. Here are a few more shots...
1. the whole thing, 2. me (yikes where is my beautiful daughter Kathy when I need her?) and 3. a look at the back.
I planned to make the neck wire from sterling silver, so this copper one was meant as a dry run. Now that it's finished, I might like it as-is. Can you help me with a couple of decisions?
In other news...
It is a completely beautiful, warm, sunny day here. Today's piece is finished and I'm in a great mood. Things didn't start out so rosy, though. This is how it went...
I wake up, drop my daughter off at school, make a great cup of flavored coffee, and start to clean up the kitchen (yes, still messy from dinner last night.) The sink is full of dirty dishes and the dishwasher needs unloading. I put a clean glass in the cupboard, top shelf, and guess what? One of the pegs holding up the shelf is broken. Glasses start tumbling out... I push them all back but miss at least two. They go crashing down, break in gazillion pieces all over the counter, in the sink all over the dirty dishes, inside the garbage disposal, into the dishwasher full of clean dishes, and onto the floor 4 feet in all directions.
Oh. My. <expletive deleted>
In fact, quite a few expletives if truth be known.
It took me a good couple hours to get that mess all cleaned up. And one of the casualties was a pretty little punch glass circa 1963 :-(
So when I picked up my daughter from school this afternoon, we headed straight to Bad Frog, the new top-your-own yogurt place here in town. Yum. Misery loves dessert ;-) And look at this weather forecast! I mean, can I really stay in a bad mood?
Don't forget, please give your opinions on today's piece. See you tomorrow!
3/13/2012 10:56:11 am
3/13/2012 10:57:43 am
I think i would patina the entire piece. i favor the copper look but if you could swap a SS neck wire for dressier you could. love this piece!
3/13/2012 04:04:23 pm
What a wild start to the day. I have to say you look really great Sue. I think that is a really pretty shot of you. So hopefully the end of your day was redeeming.
3/14/2012 04:35:00 am
Exquisite piece – Jets me to Egypt and what you would expect Cleopatra to be wearing with bangles and cuffs on her wrists and arms. The markings are “plantaterial” on the cooper they appear to emit rays of sunshine and if you look closely you see the moon’s craters… This piece could be worn both ways but if you gave this another look it would take the dress appeal away to a more rustic boots and jeans attire. Either way a quick seller… Well done!
3/18/2012 06:14:03 pm
Sue, I liked this piece even better once I saw it on you! Its definitely an eye catcher. Wouldn't change the metal neckpiece at all. Copper is totally IN. Really really lovely work!
8/16/2012 11:07:04 am
What about a bead/pendant hanging from center, on a silver bail, with the neckwire in silver. Otherwise I'd leave it alone. It's just great as is. Maybe on the next version. Not possible to ever make the same thing twice. Too much fun to '"let me see it this way...hmmm. Orrrrr...."
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