Today I'm participating in a jewelry challenge with lovely Finland jewelry artists! :) It is an honor to be a part of the jewelry challenge: flowers. Thanks to my BSBP6 partner Margareta Saari for allowing me to join in. I enjoyed the theme of flowers very much. Here in the U.S. it is Sunday lunch time, yet I realize now that Finland is about 7 hours ahead. So, I will post my jewelry pictures quickly and then enjoy the sunny afternoon looking at all the other artists' flower jewelry art! You will find a list of the participants here.
I often create flowers with chain maille weaves, but using all beads was new to me. I wasn't sure what I might create -- daisy chain? French flowers? Japanese 12-2 with beads? In a cool syncronicity, I happened to come across a beautiful blog, "Wild roses and blackberries" and discovered two special flower tutorials -- the "Dagger Flower Tutorial" and the "Dagger Flower Drops Tutorial." The flowers are made with Czech daggers, which feel strong as representations of flowers, bittersweet and defined. I have Czech daggers bought on a whim last year, and now the Dagger Flowers and Flower challenge seem to be destiny. My thanks and praise to the artist and author of the tutorials and blog "wild roses and blackberries."
Instead of Czech drops, I used faceted moonstone in the Dagger Flowers. For the Dagger Drops, I used opalite sticks. Last night, I decided I had to include the pastel drusy quartz from my dear friend Julez Jewels, and I wire wrapped a beautiful drusy stone using German wire. I choose matte white, periwinkle, and rose gold coated copper wire for the pearls, Swarovski rondelles, lace agate, and opalite diamonds and leaves.
The drusy focal can be worn as a component or as a pendant. The spiral at the bottom makes a perfect loop for a dragonfly charm when worn a a pendant. As a component, the drusy brought an element of the ethereal and magical to the flower garden, iridescent and pearlized.
Thank you again for allowing me to create in the Korukopla challenge!