Saturday, January 19, 2008

Jewelry coming full circle

I'm starting to get into texture these days but didn't want to just cut out a circle and apply a texture to it. I needed it to have some "pop" so I took my cookie cutter (you'd be amazed what we use for tools around here...) and cut out a circle, sliced it in half and then cut the top off of each, a little off-center. Yes, I used the cookie cutter to do that, too!

All of this was done, of course, after I had applied a texture to the front and back of the earrings. I had to roll the clay out thicker than I wanted since I had to roll it out again between the texture sheets.

Once I had all of that done and they were dried and perfected, I fired them in the kiln. The next step was adding the patina and then connecting the tops to the bottoms and then to finish the top of the earrings. I just wasn't sure how I wanted them to look but the top needed to flow with the rest of the earring. They sat for a few days at this point while I tried to decide what to do. That's when Shauna entered the picture. She came to visit for a couple of days and it didn't take her long to decide how to finish them up! Shauna worked her magic with the wire, mirroring what she had done on the other earring and the finished product is what you see here. We think they turned out beautifully!

Because of the collaboration, which happens often with us, the name became obvious. Full Circle. Shauna and I work together on many of our pieces and we feel those pieces result in our best work. Dad would be very pleased!