The world is my oyster!
I didn’t have much time over spring break to create or finish much, but I did manage to squeeze in a meeting with my mentor and get some new supplies!
Progress so far:
I bought a bunch of what were sold as wedding favour style things: very flashy “engagement” rings. The clasps are pliable, and after prying out the plastic bits, they’re perfect for baking. I have a Golden Snitch ring planned, and will likely have it complete by the next blog post. In the meantime, here are some pics!
The planned wing-panels seem pretty fragile, even after working a lot of wire into it. My mentor mentioned using a frame-like structure in one of our early conversations about durability, and that was what I had tried to achieve here. Although you can’t really see it, there are “veins” of wire under the clay! I really hope this will improve durability in the finished product, as pieces that stick out and are this thin break very easily.
The bud vase I made isn’t really something to be worn, but inspired from a lot of the concepts and techniques I learned from my in-depth research.
Very early on, while writing my research essay on Tiffany & Co’s most famed designers and their designs, I read about Elsa Peretti’s vase necklaces. The metals used gave them a very bright shine, while the forms were very organic and natural, evoking a leather saddle-bag or some such idea. The concept of wearing a tiny bud vase was amazing to me, as it was an idea almost similar to a locket, but much more fresh and less Victorian. As soon as I have the time to play around with hollow polymer clay forms, I’ll definitely try a copy of Peretti’s vessel necklaces.
However, with this bud vase, I wanted to work with some textures and designs not normally associated with polymer clay, or bud vases in general. I loved and still love minimalist shapes, however, I wanted to create a part that is at once like and not like the base material. Since the original bottle was clear glass, I added polymer clay basketry and pink roses complete with leaves.
To really showcase the piece, I lit it from below with my phone flashlight. It looked a lot cooler when backlit!
On my trip to Hawaii, I really fell in love with the plumeria and hibiscus flowers, and will probably be attempting some. That and the glorious waters and scenery are definitely going to show up in my work!
Some of the really gorgeous designs I saw were the Maui Divers Jewelry and the Na Hoku pieces.
The vertebra I found in Bamfield is also inspiring; similar to Peretti’s Bone series, the organic but also strange forms of bone are really cool when related to jewelry. Perhaps slightly morbid, but thought-provoking enough to be
How to Have a Beautiful Mind Task:
I transcribed a short section of our conversation and annotated with the Six Thinking Hats. It’s really cool to think about, like a meta-dialogue!
*some of the conversation I translated, so it might sound a tad weird.
I experimented with some other concepts; not quite jewelry, but cool all the same:
That’s all for this post! Hopefully I’ll have something awesome completed by next time!