The UK’s Debby Wakely’s graduated round summer beads have a crisp summery feel. Look closely and you’ll see polka dotted petals and a dab of red at the center of each dark blue flower on the clean white background.
Are you ready for tea and scones in the garden?
I know, I know, this necklace of concave beads from Italy’s Graziella Spina and Laura Pagani (TacchiDadieDatteri) is super simple.
So why do I return to it again and again? I like how the colors are so slightly different and the shapes are wonky and fingerprinted.
These two women are both healthcare workers who met years ago and started a business recycling their stash of fabrics scraps and jewelry parts which are often given new life by combining them with polymer,
The story is a happy one and their pieces somehow communicate fun and friendship. It’s their confidence that captivates. Wouldn’t you like to sprinkle more confidence around in your studio? Follow TacchiDadieDatteri on Instagram and Flickr.
Germany’s Lucia Friemel is a metalworker who may overwhelm you with her ideas but it’s Monday so let’s dive in.
Lucia explains that she likes, “…the difference between slow metalwork and fast clay work and also the contrast when the piece of jewelry is finished.”
What I couldn’t resist with Lucia’s Snake necklace here is the way the shape of the beads allows them to snug against each other and move beautifully. She discovered the shape when she was cleaning her shower.
The cores are black and decorated with cane slices (a la Bettina Welker’s tutorial) on the ends.
Minnesota’s Jan Geisen considers herself an improv artist. The scraps interest her much more than neat and tidy patterns.
Here she jumps on the wire trend and a wire ring comes to the front and then the back of this unusual layered necklace with circles and rough edges. See all of her improvisations on Flickr.
Wiwat Kamolpornwijit showed his latest petal necklaces at an art fair in Orlando before moving on to Houston, Atlanta and then Washington.
The curved petals fold over gracefully to reveal alternating patterned surfaces. Wiwat is known for his geometric construction tricks.
This feels like a new venture into more lyrical designs. Zoom in for a closer look on Facebook.