Handmade Wire Rings: My first attempt at silver & gemstone jewelry

30 Apr

I have finally arrived to my Silver Stage. When I started making jewelry a little bit more than a year ago, I was mostly training to arrive to the real thing. Here are my first attempts.

All my life I have never been a patient person. My first craft attempts were all so ugly because I did them in haste. I have always dreamt of designing/making silver & antique jewelry rings, necklaces & bracelets, but I knew I wasn’t ready. I was basically waiting to reach a stage where I was patient enough to sit & work.

Early last year I bought these amethyst beads, but I knew I wasn’t ready to put them into use. I was still uncertain about the steps I was taking and my style wasn’t mature enough yet. So, I basically opted to learn so many handmade techniques –  including decoupaging, glittering, stationary-making, and packaging – to basically nurture a good artisan in me.

I nagged my mom to give me a few beads from her collection of all the scattered antique silver beads & gemstones she has collected over the years. I nagged and nagged to no avail (I guess she was worried I would create childish stuff with them – like the rest of my past creations). But then a few months ago when I wasn’t nagging at all, she gave me everything!

But I still didn’t feel I was ready. I felt heavy and confused sitting in front of those beads; hoping to come up with something spectacular but unable to quite imagine it. I lacked the self-confidence, and I’m thankful for that: it was a good hunch, because I knew that I lacked the skill & the vision for undertaking authentic jewelry-making.

Yesterday without thinking, and after finishing a few craft projects that had nothing to do with immediate jewelry-making, I grabbed the silver wire mom gave me, my treasured amethyst beads, a few of her antiqued silver beads, turquoise & coral, and I started working on these rings. I followed a strong urge to start making rings.

One of them gave me a hard time since I was totally unclear about the design. I kept twisting and twisting until I snapped the wire. But then I relaxed, stepped back a bit,  thought about what I wanted to do and created a nice ring. It’s the one in the middle (up).

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6 Responses to “Handmade Wire Rings: My first attempt at silver & gemstone jewelry”

  1. Ria April 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    Love the ones with the amethyst beads! They also look like they could be really good as earrings, with a modification or two. I can’t wait to see more jewellery designs as you come up with them!

    • Karboojeh Handmade Jewelry May 1, 2012 at 8:06 am #

      Thanks Ria!… I actually did make earrings with amethyst beads (shown in the first pic), but I didn’t post an individual pic of them since I wanted to keep them till later to be included in a group post about earrings, hehe :) Thanks again for the lovely words!

  2. daribix April 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    you go! they are very nice. I am trying some metal stamping on vintage silver….i know how difficult this medium can be. you did a nice job.

    • Karboojeh Handmade April 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      Thanks :) I have silver (or metal) stamping on my have-to-try list, but I think I need more time to psyche myself up for this kind of challenge!

  3. Zuleikha April 30, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Very very attractive. Zuleikha

    • Karboojeh Handmade April 30, 2012 at 11:29 am #

      Hahah … THANKS! I’m so happy you liked them, Zuzu!! :)

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