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.
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.