Friday, September 2, 2011

Upcycled Jewelry - continued....

So I realized after my last blog post, that I did not give proper credit to the nice people that came to my house to interview and photograph me. Annie J. Kelley wrote the article, and Al Lassen took the wonderful photos. I am a bad blogger when it comes to that kind of stuff and certainly don't mean to make any faux pas.

I promised I would show some of the tin pieces I made, since a lot of my other upcycled pieces have already been featured on my blog over the years. Here's a look at what I've been spending my spare minutes doing:

It's no secret that I love mixing colors/textures/prints so cutting out a variety of tin circles was a fun way for me to incorporate lots of patterns in one piece.

Lorelei and I had a "tin swap" a while ago, where she gifted me with this pretty blue and white tin that features - among other things - a peacock! Notice he is front and center in this banner design, and I found the most perfect matching agate and ceramic beads to complete the necklace.
Here, instead of cutting out a "shape", I cut out the exact image I wanted - a butterfly. I used a contrasting piece of tin for his background and once he was riveted to the pendant, I carefully bent his wings up as if in flight.

Here is a better look. Pulling the beads together for the wire wrapped chain was fun as these are not colors that I would normally pair together. But once it was complete, I totally fell in love with the mustard, teal, black and purple palette!

I found these cool openwork hearts at Michael's as part of the Industrial Chic line, and immediately thought they'd be the perfect frame for some tin. Here's a trio of mismatched fun!

And here's a couple of single hearts, but layered upon bigger hearts.

Cuffs! I found some great cuff blanks with a nice edging so that the tin would have more of a finished feel. It's a great way to show off a larger piece of the tin, rather than cut it up into little pieces.

Here's another design where I cut the elements out - flowers - and riveted them to a pendant.

A different kind of cuff..... openwork filigree from Ornamentea, which I gave some patina. Then I riveted some domed circles onto it.

Some simpler necklaces - precut designs from Michael's and each one has a message tag on the back as well. Fun shapes for tin to peek through!

I have had so much fun coming up with these designs, and I have even more in the works! The exhibit is now open at the Art Center, and I got a sneak peek today when I stopped in. I am looking forward to the reception on Sunday, and will post an update (with pics I hope). Thanks for looking and for your support!


Lorelei Eurto said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

they are all so fun and beautiful but that butterfly necklace is a real knotk-out!

SummersStudio said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't even know where to start, these pieces are all so wonderful. I really do love this upcycled style you've developed with the tin pieces.

missheidi's life said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What kind of tins are they and how do you cut them?