Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff
These earrings represent a real departure for me from my usual work. I wanted to create something unusual, not symmetrical, and very unique. A lot of the design elements you see in these earrings, that do not match, are deliberate on my part.
I started with some square wire, forged it to flatten out and put the flat ends opposite of each other. The bottom of the upper earring has a tube set with a silver circle, while the other one doesn’t. The placement of the stones are at opposite ends of each wire too. Does it feel like one of the childrens’ puzzles where you need to find the things that don’t match? Well, I wasn’t trying to go that far, but I admit I was experimenting and trying to push myself to do something outside of my comfort zone.
The stones are Imperial Japser, and as with so many jaspers, I think they have great vistas. In this pair, I see the horizon in front of me. It’s a new horizon filled with wonderful possibilities.
This was the first pair of earring stones I bought a year ago at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show from Gary B Wilson. When I bought them, his wife Kathy said, she knew these needed to be made into earrings. At the time I had not attempted to make earrings and I must admit I was a bit intimidated at the prospects with these stones. However, as I started working on new pieces for the Garden Show, this design came to me (while riding my bike again) and I knew the unusual design was right for them.
As I prepare for the Jewelry at the Gardens Show, I have had a chance to put my inventory of metalwork together and review some of my past blog posts about them. I find I feel very philosophical about my work. It represents some strong feelings, emotions I have about life, the present, the future, and even the past. It’s those life experiences that makes us the individuals we currently are.
This pair will be available at the show on October 16 – 17th. Hope to see some of you there.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.