Monday, 25 April 2011

Handmade Easter Monday

Handmade bank holiday Monday or is it bank holiday handmade Monday?

Have you taken a tour around the other participants of Handmade Monday yet?  I usually look at a few more each day through-out the week.  Loads of great products and ideas out there.

Last week on Ali's Craft Studio blog, I spotted her Art Nouveau inspired stain glass window, and it set me thinking.

Some time ago I came across Linda Jones' wirework design for Art Deco earrings.  I just HAD to make it.  That first pair are a firm favourite in my jewellery drawer, but a variation exists in my Polly Polkadot shop too.

I took Ali's window and re-designed it to work simply with wire.

I found a little quiet time to work on the individual wires.

I worked in 0.8mm silver plated wire, because it is easier to manipulate but long term I would like to try 1.2mm wire for a chunky pendant.

I hammered the silverplated wire on my tiny jewellery anvil.

And attached the wires to a header and footer bar.  As you can see, this is still a prototype, accuracy with lengths and angles is needed for a finished product.

I intended to make a pendant from it, but learning from my experiences in my first handmade Monday about pre-conceived ideas, here are a few others ways it could be used.
Homage to Rennie Machintosh - O.H. said it looked like homage to Red Nose Day!

Curve it to make a bracelet?

My favourite is to add the coloured and silver beads to make it into a bracelet, but what do you think?


  1. It's a lovely design and I actually like it best without the beads - but maybe that's just me!

    Thanks for taking part in HM x

  2. REALLY love the bracelet idea, altho the pendent is great too. Very pretty. I have never tried doing anything like that, and probably would make a mess of it. Great work! :)

  3. I like the Bracelet idea....stunning!!

  4. I love the shape that you have created, the bracelet would look superb.

  5. Thanks for the compliment of using my Art Nouveau Poppy as inspiration! Have to agree that the one without the beads is my favourite too - it shows off the wonderful wirework to its best.

    Ali x
    Ali's Craft Studio

  6. Well i'm loving the beads and how lovely to be inspired by another blog. It shows that it's worthwhile sharing links.