I’ve talked many times about planning ahead and my lack of a plan. To plan or not to plan. This past week I decided to quickly sketch out these earrings before I went ahead with them. I had two beautiful Peruvian opals and two Bisbee turquoise to work with. Let’s see how it came together.
This is what the silver bezel looked like almost done. I still had to solder on the holder and clean up the mess before I oxidized them.
These are the finished earrings. Looks like planning ahead on these worked to my advantage.
Here’s an example of not planning ahead. I had a few disasters on this ring. The setting didn’t want to cooperate with me so I turned the negative into what I think is one of my favorite rings. This turquoise is from the number 8 mine. It’s a beautiful stone.
I left the bezel open on this side….definitely not in the plan but it worked. You get to see how pretty the stone is.
This is the back of the ring. I did reticulate the silver early on to give it an interesting look. The shape, the bezel, the little bit of silver on the edge….those things were not planned and I’m happy they happened organically.
Finally…… two silver bangle bracelets with Bisbee turquoise. I wrote *inhale love, exhale gratitude* on one and *may my heart be brave, my mind be fierce & my spirit be free* on the other. Not really pre planned but they’ve been on my mind for the last two weeks.
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My name is Manon. (pronounced Man + O) Yes….my mom cursed me with my name. In her defense I guess she never though I’d leave Quebec. I’m a jewelry artist and painter. I’ve been creative as long as I can remember and things haven’t changed. I now live in Scottsdale, AZ with my man, Rob. I spend most days in my studio making pieces that speak to my heart. Thanks for stopping by!!