A Commissioned Collar

YOJ16-21CommissionedCollar

 

This week I was commissioned to make a collar for an energy healer. She has a herkimer diamond that she wears 24/7, and her previous collar (not by me) broke after many years of taking it off and putting it on.

She wanted the new collar to incorporate gold-filled and silver, to represent sun/moon and male/female energy. I added 11 bindings (master number 11 represents intuition), and with the exception of the binding at the base of the “V”, each of the bindings is a multiple of 3.

 

Pop! Goes the Circle wins Award at International Bead Awards 2012

Pop! Goes the Circle wins Award at International Bead Awards 2012

The disappointment of having to cancel my classes in Germany was mellowed a bit this week, when news came from fellow instructor Dian Hierschel that my necklace “Pop! Goes the Circle” had placed second in the Metals/Wirework category at the International Bead Awards!  The IBA was exhibited as part of Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe, just wrapped up in Hamburg.

Dian kindly sent along this photo from show.

Pop! Goes the Circle (2011)

.

I worked at break-neck speed on this necklace, spending most of New Year’s Eve finishing it.  It was uploaded almost at the last minute before entries closed.  The sore shoulder lasted a few days, but this makes it all worth while!  Thank you to the jury and to everyone who voted for it!

 

YOJ10-09 Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace

YOJ10-09 Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace YOJ10-09 Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace (2010); Fine silver, merino wool, Beadalon stringing material, crimp beads; Crochet, felted, assembled; L 47.31 cm x 17 mm (largest bead)Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace (2010)
Fine silver, merino wool, Beadalon stringing material, crimp beads
Crochet, felted, assembled
L 47.31 cm x 17 mm (largest bead)

I mentioned in my Week 6 post that I was making felted beads, and now I can share the results of that effort.  Initially I was going to pair the felted beads with the crochet beads just as I’d made them, in fine silver white.  Then it occurred to me that over time, the silver is going to tarnish, and the necklace will be difficult to clean without taking it apart.

The solution was to add LOS to the silver.

Liver of sulphur stinks to high heaven, but it creates such interesting effects, especially when a bit of salt is added into the solution!  I love how the colours change, and in this case, how they became mottled in the purple-blue range.

A friend of mine asked me to produce a bunch of pieces for her to use in the fall for a fashion show, so this is going to be one of the things I send her.  It’s not my typical style, but it will work well with the clothing being shown.

More photos:

YOJ10-09 Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace YOJ10-09 Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace (2010); Fine silver, merino wool, Beadalon stringing material, crimp beads; Crochet, felted, assembled; L 47.31 cm x 17 mm (largest bead) YOJ10-09 Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace YOJ10-09 Felt & Crochet Bead Necklace (2010); Fine silver, merino wool, Beadalon stringing material, crimp beads; Crochet, felted, assembled; L 47.31 cm x 17 mm (largest bead)

The Retro Show

I attended the opening of Zilberschmuck Art Jewellery’s National Juried Exhibition “Connection” on Thursday evening.  Running concurrently with that exhibition (see the outstanding work here) is “The Retro Show”, a retrospective of past shows organized by Zilberschmuck.

It was standing room only at Shao Design, which was hosting the event.  Cheryl Fraser, owner of Zilberschmuck, gave an emotion filled speech welcoming everyone, and thanking Shao Pin Chu for opening his studio for the show.  It was great to see lots of familiar faces and to meet a few new friends.

Two of my pieces from the Karen Kelly Fashion Show (2004) are included in The Retro Show, and I was able to snap this photo of the case:

The Retro Show: tiara & necklace The Retro Show: tiara & necklace by Dianne Karg Baron

The exhibitions continue until May 30, 2009.  Directions here.

Zilberschmuck Retrospective April 19-May 30, 2009, at Shao Design, Toronto

I’m pleased to announce that two of my pieces will be included as part of a Zilberschmuck Retrospective, being held concurrently with “Connection”, the 5th annual National Juried Exhibition of Canadian Fine Jewellery and Metalwork.

The tiara and necklace were originally shown in 2004 as part of a Toronto Fashion Week event showcasing the bridal and couture designs of Karen Kelly.  That event was hosted by Zilberschmuck Art Jewellery and featured the jewellery of gallery artists.

“Connection” and the Retrospective will exhibit from April 19 to May 30, 2009 at Shao Design, 55 Mill Street, Building 9, Distillery District, Toronto (located at the south parking lot off Parliament Street).

KK Bridal Tiara Opera Necklace

Bridal Commission

Flotiste Headpiece Final Flotiste Necklace FinalBack in December I was contacted by a lady who wanted a bridal set based on the Musicali Necklace.

She wanted the necklace and a headpiece based on the necklace.

Since she was getting married in Scotland, she also wanted two Celtic-style pendants for her attendants – one based on a shield with a malachite bead, and another based on a treskele with garnet beads.

Flotiste Treskele Flotiste ShieldI got a follow up email from her at the end of last month. She was very happy with all of the jewellery.

Apparently the dressmaker loved the jewellery so much “she refused to allow me to put any kind of embellishment on the dress, because she said the necklace and headpiece were already the perfect compliment to it, and would take away from the overall effect.”

Here’s the bride wearing the headpiece and necklace, and another shot of the bridesmaids wearing their pendants.