Friday, April 18, 2014

Kinetic Jewelry

I like jewelry that moves.
I like the idea of something that spins, or swings, or folds and provides entertainment and adornment for the fidgeters.
That was the idea behind my Fidget Pendants that appeared in the Winter Issue of Belle Armoire, and it was also the idea behind my recent foray into making spinner rings.
My latest obsession?
These hinged ring cuffs that extend all the way up and past the two knuckles on the finger.
I don't know if I'd every really wear one.
Most versions I've seen are a bit goth or a bit too luxe for me.
Of course, that might be the challenge.
A hinged ring that easy enough for a mom to wear!
Here are the versions that I really admire. I found these on Pinterest.
This first one is what I mean by luxe. I'm pretty sure I don't have the dinero for rows of diamonds, but I do like the openness of the back of the ring.

This one, I think I might could actually wear, it's understated, but with just a touch of bling and speaks to the high school me who painted her room scarlett red and hung pictures of Lancelot and Guinevere all over her walls.

I also like this one, but it feels more like two rings that have just been stuck together and less like the hinge was part of the design.
It's definitely something I want to try.
My challenge is the math. Bleh. I hate adding and measuring and subtracting and measuring again.
But, it never hurts to try something in copper and see what happens.
How about you?
Do you have a design that's inspired you lately?
Anything you've seen in the current trends that you want to mimic?
I think it's a great challenge to find something that inspires you and try to make your own version of it with the sensibilities of the original design but the flair and creativity that is uniquely your own.
What's challenging you these days?

1 comment:

  1. I am the host artist for a big collaborative art exhibit this summer. It is our 5th anniversary at the Gallery Q and I am hoping that all the artists will join in the fun. They can make any piece of art they like but they need to use the concept of hidden Qs - like Hidden Mickeys you find all over Disney properties. We will be doing a scavenger hunt, pairing with the local garden exhibit and it will be really big! Of course, it was all my idea, and I had this thought to use fonts in my work. Like soldering wire and sheet metal into different Qs using varied fonts. So although I have not fired up my new torch, nor cut a piece of metal, I have been researching fonts, particularly the letter Q! I have a sketchbook with all sorts of ideas and after next weekend that will be my singular focus. I hope that it comes to life from my imagination! I would love to see what you do with this new idea. I love hearing about how your process works! Happy Easter to you and your family. Enjoy the day. Erin