A New Year

I  celebrated another  birthday yesterday and I feel great! There, I’ve said it and so I must believe it. I have so many things to be thankful for, I’ve just got to keep ignoring my negative thoughts. I have set myself a task, to write something every day either online or in a notebook.

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Cultural Elegance Designs – Sun Bracelet

CED Sun Bracelet 2014 by MJA aka Imani

CED Sun Bracelet 2014 by MJA aka Imani

 

 

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Summer made a brief appearance this year  and now  Winter is hanging around, threatening to mug Autumn of its allotted time. I had an idea to just make something that would make me smile, something to bring a little warmth and sparkle. This bracelet is make from 1.5mm silver plated copper non tarnish wire with a Sun Charm. And I must say, it looks really pretty on and makes me smile!

 

Cultural Elegance Designs – Rings &Rings 1

Aluminium Statement Ring

Aluminium Statement Ring

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Zebra Turquise Gold Plated Copper Wire Ring

Zebra Turquise Gold Plated Copper Wire Ring

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Love making jewellery and I find that each piece starts out from a basic idea.Sometimes I’ll just pick up a piece of wire and if the ring mandrel is close to hand, I’ll start creating a ring. I have also learnt that I can create different designs if I  double up the wire. Case in point is the first picture, my Aluminium Statement Ring. I also enjoy making Knucle Rings, the two examples I have shown here are made with 2mm Aluminium wire and the other rings are made with kunzite, jade and glass bead.  I would love to work with more softer types of wire but am still having fun creating items of jewellery.

Cultural Elegance Designs – the journey so far

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Just sharing some of my work so far. I have had a brief stint in hospital which has made me look at   new ways of creating pieces of jewellery . The rings in the picture directly above are made with silver and gold plated copper wire with agate gemstones. I will use anything that looks original to make a ring, see if you can spot a couple of button rings. My Swirl Bangles are my latest work and are made with 2mm Aluminium wire and they really were a lot of fun to make:)

 

 

Cultural Elegance Designs – ‘Inspire’ Bangle

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Aluminium Wire Bangle

I just loved making this bangle. I find Aluminium wire  smooth easy to work with. .

‘Inspire’ is the style this bangle, as it can be worn on your wrist or forearm.

Cultural Elegance Designs

These are my Peaceful Squiggle Earrings. I had no idea of what style of earrings these would be, other than I wanted to make something that looked cultural and elegant.  All the jewellery I make, I make with the intention of wearing one from a batch of three, test driving it, to see how it feels and how it looks.   I never imagined that I could get so much pleasure from working with wire, making jewellery that will not affect  my skin or turn my ear lobs into little mounds of  gently weeping pain. A couple of years ago, I use  to sport earrings so chunky that I could have knocked myself out if  I made a sharp turn. Now, I can and will make earrings that might be big and flashy but  are comfortable to wear.

Peaceful Squiggle 1 is the first version, these are made in 2mm silver aluminium wire and are so light, that I have forgotten to take them out at night. Peaceful Squiggle 2 are longer with a tighter swirl at the ends. One thing I have learnt from this job is to have a note book to hand. It’s not that I am not firing on all cylinders, but rather that trying to keep track of other things as well as to keep visualizing a design, is no longer possible.

And why Peaceful Squiggle, you may ask. Funnily enough, when I looked at these finished pair of earrings , I just thought ah..Peaceful Squiggle. The flowing and curvy shape just seems peaceful  to me.

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Peaceful Squiggle 2 Earrings

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Peaceful Squiggle 1

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As I was on a bit of a role after making Peaceful Squiggle 2 earrings, I thought I would have a go at making knuckle or mid finger rings. These rings are made with 2mm Aluminium Wire, which I have found to be a wee bit thick. I think I will try making some in 1.5mm. I have also made some knuckle / mid finger rings with silver and gold plated copper wire and will share this in my next post.

And I have just remembered the reason for this post …….Cultural Elegance Designs will be the name of my collection of handmade jewellery.

SpiriCulArts – JewelleryImani

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I know my last post had a different title, but think that from now on I will use ‘JewelleryImani’ to describe my ever growing collections.

As you can see,  my current pieces have a spiral or swirly type vibe, which seems to be echoing my abstract art.

I thought I would start off this post with  a photo of some of my Aluminium Wire bracelets, I just love the colours!  Aluminium Wire comes in a large range of colours and gauges, from 0.8mm to the largest I have used which is  3.5mm. I especially like Light Green  with Silver being a close second. This wire is light and easy to wear,  maintains its brightness and does not tarnish.

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All of the above bracelets were made with 2mm Aluminium Wire.

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The bottom two bangles in this picture are made with 2mm wire, I used 3.5mm wire to make the top bangle.

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I made these bracelets from 1.mm Aluminium Wire.   Several strands were woven together to create this  design.