Tuesday, June 9, 2009

City of Lights, Transforming Gleaming Glass

Last night I took three of the fused faux gems of dichroic glass and turned them into links or connectors, added some pewter cast charms, and created this necklace. The long central oval shaped gem-like stone is one of the clear dichroic fused cabochons, with a special handmade setting and a tiny cast pewter Eiffel Tower charm on one side.

The two curved slinky links above the main focal has two of the smaller, blue-green, round gems, connected with a link of chain, similar to designs from the 1920's, with a little added sparkle of rhinestones and pearl dangling on one side.

I may be so inspired to do Paris-themed items just now because Paris is in the news so much this week. The tiny cast pewter bird charm at the bottom, sitting on a branch, seemed the perfect dangle charm for this design. All the pewter has a bronze-coppery patina on it, it looks ancient.

I also made this bracelet mock-up, using two more of the fused glass faux gemstones turned into round two loop connector links and one of the cast pewter connectors with wings with two loops on one side and one loop on the other.

My center etched metal piece has the words "Hotel Jun 1908" on it looking very old and antique, curved to fit on the wrist. The deep cobalt blue glass round links would also look good as a pair of earrings, I think, with something special as a dangle on the bottom loop.

So would these little connector links with the deep, beautiful green glass, the links look like horse bridles or stirrups to me, a little bit. They can face either way, or I can see them being used at the clasp of a necklace, to add some special shine to the closure.

So this is how the rough glass can be fused to make glowy faux gems that then turn into components, and components can turn into jewelry.

Such fun!


Kristin said...

These are so stunning Lynn! I especially love the necklace! Wow! I am going to have to get some of these components as my brain is full of ideas on how to use them now.

Marie-Aimée said...

the necklace is absolutely fantastic !!

sharon said...

Love the connector links Lynn!

Judy said...

Wow, what fun! Fantastic creations!

Fanciful Expressions said...

Love what you've done Lynn! Is it difficult to cast the pewter?


LLYYNN - Lynn Davis said...

Thanks, Kristin, I am waking up nights with ideas I want to try, fun stuff!

Marie-Aimee, merci! Glad you like it, I'm doing my test-wearing phase and enjoying having it around my neck for now.

Thanks Sharon, the shape ideas are coming fast, I have taken to making scribbles on the backs of napkins and junk mail so I don't forget.

Hi, Judy, happy you like them.

Carolyn, you know how it is when you first try to follow a knitting pattern and you think "I'll NEVER catch on" but you keep trying and trying and one day all of a sudden you have a small breakthrough and it starts to make sense?

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Lynn,

This is pure art nouveau to me, very reminiscent of Tiffanys and Lalique :) I told LW I have to quit stopping by because my wish lish now extends to 2012 !!

I'll get my order together as soon as I finish up with these projects that have to be muled North on Monday, when Mike flies home!! Promise :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.