Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring 2009 Eco Fashion Line from ecocessories

If you've visited my virtual table over at the Poppytalk Handmade Market, you've seen that I've just published the beginning of my new line of sterling silver jewelry made from recycled beads for Spring 2009! I do hope to be creating and posting my handmade jewelry more frequently now, especially because that's what my readers are asking for in my survey. I'm asking for feedback about ecocessories.ca - have you completed it yet? Tell me your thoughts!

I thought it would be fun to tell you about some of my new designs, so this is the first of a series of posts. First is the "Indian Foil Necklace". I tried something a bit different with this design and really challenged my silversmithing skills. I started out with sterling silver wire which I wrapped into various sized circles. I soldered each of these circles to form a closed hoop, and hammered the circles for strength. I then lined each circle up and soldered them side by side to create the stunning focal point for this necklace. Reinforced with wrapped 24 gauge sterling silver at the joints, this gorgeous necklace is a piece of art to be treasured.

The beads that I used for this necklace were from a woman who recycled jewelry right here in North Vancouver. As she parted ways with what originally looked like some pirate booty, she hoped I could at least make use of the beads! It was a gift from a travelling friend, and so not her style. Well I was impressed - the vibrant colours of these transluscent beads sparkle from embedded foil. It truly is an example of how beautiful something is when you appreciate all its individual parts!

Let me know what you think of the "Indian Foil Necklace", and about recycling jewelry in general! Can you relate, do you have old jewelry you are hanging on to just because it was a gift?

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