Sarajo Wentling of Sj Designs has this monthly challenge called Honey – Do list that I have been wanting to participate for a while. Sarajo’s husband gives her an inspiration image every month to help her clear her stash. She posts about it on her blog and invites other designers to play along. This month’s inspiration is this beautiful rusted window. I was thrilled as it was the perfect inspiration for the beads that Lori had sent me for the Swap N Hop 2018.
Tinted Windows = Copper jewelry March Honey Do list – Inspiration
Both reveals were supposed to be on March 26th and I had planned to show them all together. But now that the Swap N Hop 2018 reveal has been postponed to April 6th, I would like to show the Copper Jewelry that I made in this post.
Copper Flower Ring
It is officially summer in Chennai. The super hot weather means no necklaces unless you are going to be in an air conditioned environment all day long. So I made a ring and a pair of earrings for using the swap beads. I cleaned the flower components and patina-ed them over fire. I then bent them using my pliers to resemble the petal arrangement of a blooming flower. The last step was wire wrapping the layers with a yellow glass bead into a ring.
Crystal Lantern Earrings
When I saw the inspiration image, I saw another visual in my head. I saw a snowy landscape with pine trees. A quaint wooden cottage with glass windows near the roof framed by a painted turquoise trim. The windows glow with the light emitted by antique glass lanterns.
Beautiful, isn’t it? I really liked this image that popped into my head that I made a pair of earrings based on it. Here they are.
I love Copper jewelry and I wear a copper wire cuff almost everyday. However, it is sad that many people are allergic to copper and the oxidisation gives them rashes. It can be a true pain if you live in coastal areas. Frequently cleaning and sealing your jewelry with sealants like Renaissance wax or Patina sealer can prevent oxidation. It would also let you enjoy your pieces without the fear of rashes.
This was my first time trying out the Honey Do challenge and I want to continue whenever possible in the future. I am a little disappointed that I couldn’t show these pieces for the first time during the SwapNHop reveal. But, I do have one more necklace which uses the artisan components, beads, and clasp given by my partner for the hop. Hopefully, that should suffice.