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posted by Colleen Shirazi, March 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM (Pacific)

The more I look at this picture, the more I like the frame itself. It's a straightforward enough frame...you can buy readymade ones of the same shape...what I like is the slight roughness, the effect of it being handmade.

I've concluded, anyway, I am a bit different from other people. I would rather look at a picture of gears...or ships...or a machine that makes stuff...than look at what people consider classically beautiful subjects, such as sunsets or flowers. That's good for engineering, not so good for design.

So, what I'm thinking about the frame...is that I did the frame right. It's exactly the right size and shape, it hangs well, it's light-enough in weight so I can wear these earrings all day (and I have) and not feel them. It's made of argentium sterling so it won't tarnish easily; it's hammered, which gives it a more finished appearance as well as hardening it. I decided not to chase it (yup, I went through a stage where I chased everything) and the hammering is nice and even. In short the frame itself is perfect.

The overall design however...on me it looks great, because I'm eccentric anyway. And I'm still in love with the "winter tree filled with robins" concept, and the Madeira citrines are among my favorite stones, ever, they're really terrific. They have the warm red-brown glow of amber, without that soft, easily scratched, easily dulled aspect of amber. And the cut sparkles, as well as glows.

Great! But what I should pursue is a more symmetrical use of the frames. I'm already picturing doing something with chains, like this:

green amethyst, emerald and goldfilled chain hoop earrings


The idea would be to hang the chains from the bar inside the frames:

madeira citrine, sterling hoop earrings


There would be room for two chains of a basic size (not the heavy one I used for the citrine earrings of course). It would be a nice way to highlight a smaller stone of some sort.

Another thought is something I've wanted to try for a long time--if "Wouldn't it be nice if..." is the road to hell for programmers, "I'd love to try my hand at..." paves a similar road for jewelry-makers. :D

What I've wanted to try is making dreamcatcher earrings like these: Dream Collection. (And may I say I love the Olia site. She did this whole amazing series of pieces and photographs: Olia collections.) I wouldn't necessarily do them with twisted wire, I think I would prefer my simpler wire frames.

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