Friday Featured : Dance of The Phoenix Series

I love Harry Potter series. It really drives my imaginations gone wild!
These designs are the results.

There are many magical creatures in Harry Potter, among all Fawkes is my favorite. Not to mention unicorns 🙂
When I read the books, I always imagine how Fawkes flies, how he burnt into ashes and rebirth, his loyalty, his bravery, his song, and so on. I kept the ideas in my mind, and didn’t know what to do, until several weeks ago the designs came up.

The very first design of this series named The Path to Heaven.
It was made of 999 fine silver wire, soldered and hammered then oxidized to give it depth. Unfortunately it came up a lot like Keri Luiz from Pheonyx Art logo. When she mentioned it, I was shocked and feel bad because I don’t wanna offend anyone with my design.
However the problem was settled in a very civilized manner. I will have to modify the design if I ever make it again, which is a good thing to do so I can have my own design instead of something similar with someone else’s identity.

Here it is, the first design
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And this is the modified design, in progress

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The Circle Has No Ends is the next design I came up.
It shows a Phoenix in a circle pose, where its head and tail met. It represents the death and rebirth cycle of a Phoenix.

Here it is
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The 3rd design was named Wind Rider. It was made of a single wire, without any soldered joint. I’ve created two version of this design: a copper brooch with handmade pin, and a silver pendant.

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I really hope you like this series 🙂

Until next post,

~ien

PS: to see other art works of mine, please visit my FB Page
Many thanks!!!

Sweet Sunday: Tiny Angel Pendant FOR SALE

It’s October already!
Somehow it feels like time flies this year. 2013 new year eve seems like yesterday, and now we’re already preparing for Halloween and Thanksgiving…

These few past days I’ve been quite busy with my new design: tiny angel pendants.
Derived from guardian archangels and birthstone concept, I designed these tiny pendants. Each made of 999 fine silver wire, individually formed and made by me from scratch. And adorned by Swarovski crystal in birthstone colors.

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While I made these tiny pendants, I imagined everyone who might wear it -a little girl, a teenager, a newly wed, someone’s grandmother, a mother,and so on- and pray for them to be guided by their guardian angel.
A little girl I said? Yep!
You’re not misread, nor I mistyped it.
This delicate tiny angels are not as fragile as you think. I put it on my little girl -she’s just TWO- for a day, and this tiny angel survived 🙂

If you’re looking for a sweet little birthday gift, or maybe Christmas gift this pendant will surely fit your needs ^^v
They are $35.00 each and don’t worry about the shipping cost (because I live far away here), it’s FREE SHIPPING WORLD WIDE.

Had you interested in my tiny angels, just drop me a message on my FB PAGE or email me at ienmaginations.jewelry@gmail.com

Until next post,

Ien

Friday Featured Piece: Mora The Peacock

Last post for today.. 😀
Please meet my new friend, Môra the peacock.

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-Now you can take yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or chocolate and some snack before you continue reading this post.
This gonna be a very very long post. I promise.

I have this peacock design for quite a long time. It came as raw and wild idea 3 or 4 years ago.. (Yeah it took me THAT long to realized it)

One step at a time: from raw idea to detailed sketch
I was dreaming about a 3D peacock design, with brilliant colors, as close as possible with the real peacock.
I started to sketch down my peacock design, but it was really simple: some round and teardrop shapes with big and bold note “make it 3D, as real as possible. Research about it” LOL
Something big start with little step.

One day after I learned how to set stone, I drew another peacock sketch, this time with a stone as its body. I added note try to search for perfect blue-ish stone beside the sketch.
Another little step.

My Feng Huang project gave me some insight how to make 3D head. I drew another peacock sketch: stone as its body and 3D head.

I’ve done with body and head, but I still didn’t know how to make the tail. Meanwhile -for me- the tail -the feathers- is the most important part of a peacock. It was the most beautiful part of a peacock, and I have an ambition to make it as real as possible.
My ambition got bigger when I purchased a real peacock feather. Its beauty really thrilled me. And I promised myself to do whatever I could to realize my peacock design.

It took me over a year to solve this problem. I found this spike seahorse over the internet, and that AHHA!!!!! *a BIG lightbulb turned on in my head* came to me.
I quickly grabbed my sketch book and sketched down another peacock drawing. This time I finally could sketched every details of it. I could even sketch down some insets with detailed size, materials, and colors of every parts!!

What? You wanna know what did I write as note on my last sketch?
I wrote:
find perfect stone: blue with greenish one, with some sparkle if it’s possible.
Find perfect SWAROVSKI colors
Find perfect materials for it

Materials hunting
Next step was hunting for perfect materials.
I planned to use dyed druzy at first, but I can’t find perfect druzy. As usual, the one with perfect color was either too big or too small..
The one with perfect size was in wrong color *ouch*

Until one day a good friend of mine offered me this beautiful gems. A natural london blue topaz. Another AHHA!!!!! strike my mind. The color, the size, the sparkles.. All are PERFECT!
I doubted to take it, for it was too much for me, almost unaffordable for me. But that crazy lil artist inside me said “remember what you said, you’ll do anything to realize it”
Dang! I just had to take it. And generously, my friend gave me a great deal.
Long story short, I got my perfect stone. Yeay!!

After holding the gems in my hand, I know I can’t use my ordinary copper wire to wrap it. It’ll be a silly thing to do. So I save my money to buy some fine silver wire and gold-filled wire. I also started to collect all my sterling silver wire.

Choosing the right SWAROVSKI colors was another issue. I finally took denim blue and peridot, both with AB coating.
It took me almost 6 months to collect all materials needed.

Practice makes perfect
I used several techniques to make Môra: spike technique, making balled end wire, prong setting, and a bit hammering.

I tried to use all these techniques in several projects. I really wanna ensure myself that I won’t make any single silly mistake (which I did!!!!).
I won’t let myself touch the materials before I’m ready.

The real process
I started to work on the body by setting the stone with prong setting.
I made two different claws: a pair of standard prong claws, and a pair of balled end claws.

Next step was forming its head. I weaved thin wire over the frame wire and form a 3D head with it. I also heated the end of each wire to make eyes. Flattened it a bit with my pliers while it was still hot to give it accent.

When my gold-filled wire arrived, I know I was ready to make the most important part of my project: the feathers.
I failed on my first attempt *sob*

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It looked too heavy and not fluttery enough. But after some mind-opening chat with my friend, I finally figured out how to make the feathers look fluttery. (Thanks to you, Renata. You know I owe you a lot.. Too much to be counted.. Thanks!!)

Some suggestions from my friends over my FB page also helped me to give the feathers ‘light and airy’ look. (Thanks to you, Wendy!)

I added some very thin wire (about 0.2 mm wide) between each spikes of the feather then trimmed and flattened it using my pliers. These wires gave fluttering look to the feathers.

Finally I assembled each parts, added a bail and a pin, so it could be worn as pendant and brooch.

Môra is one of my milestones. It’s my first piece using real natural gemstones and gold-filled wire. It also a piece that I designed, planned and make with every effort that I can do. Like my friend said, I did go the whole nine yards to get to my dream-peacock.

It took almost 4 years to bring my dream-peacock into real. Can I proudly tell you that Môra is my masterpiece?

-it IS a long post, right? Hope you enjoy reading it just like I enjoy writing (err, typing) it.

Thanks for reading, and see ya!!!

xoxo,

ien

Friday Featured Piece: Thystvine Set

This week featured piece taken from my latest jewelry set project.
It was request by my old friend for her wedding day.

She came to me few months ago, requested me to design something for her wedding. Her requests were: purple, beautiful, classy, with a bit glamorous touch.

When I started to design her jewelries, I was really fond of Swarovski square ring. And really wanna try my hands on it.
So I designed a jewelry set using it. Fortunately she approved my design (yeay!).

The jewelry making process begun, and I just realized that it’s not as easy as I imagined.

The Bracelet

Thystvine Bracelet

Thystvine Bracelet

To set the square rings was not easy. Specially if I want it move freely like chain. I used jump rings here if you can see the details clearly.
When I finally managed to set three square rings as the bracelet focal piece I stucked.

Second problem was to make the rest of the bracelet. I wanted it to be delicate.
I then decided to make some vines and attached some amethyst Swarovski crystals. I’m very glad that it turned out into sturdy yet delicate part.

Bracelet parts done, assembling them was not a big matter at all, not to mention some tiny jump rings attached to the focal part lol

The Earrings

Thystvine Earrings

Thystvine Earrings

She asked me to make her pierced earrings with chandelier look.

Just like the bracelet. Biggest challenge was to set the square rings. With some tricks I finally managed it, and added amethyst Swarovski drop to each swirls.

Overall the design was look like intertwined vines with some amethyst splashes.
I love how it turns out after I cleaned and polished them using my new flexshaft (YEAY!!! Happy dance).

Moreover, I’m really glad that she love them.
I can’t wait for her wedding pictures, hopefully she will send me the pic because I can’t come to her wedding reception (I’m sorry..)

By the way, this set was made with lots of prayers within each intertwined vines, each swirls and rings and coils..
Prayers for her happy marriage and love life.

Happy wedding, Vin 🙂

Materials:
Fine silver wire, sterling silver wire, SWAROVSKI components

Size:
Bracelet fit 6.75″
Earrings approx. 2″ from top of pierce earrings part to bottom

xoxo,

ien

Featured Friday: Reindeer Pendant

Fine Silver Reindeer Pendant

Fine Silver Reindeer Pendant

Rudolph the red nose reindeer
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw him
You can even say it glows..

That’s one of my favorite Christmas song 🙂
I love how Disney described Santa’s reindeers in their movies/video clips (yes, I still watch Disneys)

And no wonder Rudolph becomes one of my fave characters (I love Mickey, and Stitch, and Chip and Dale, and Dumbo, and Bambi, and Goofy too!!).

Last Christmas I wanted to try my hands on this reindeer design I have had for several years in my mind.

This pendant didn’t take too much time to make. The hardest part was to attach additional wires and make the additional wire invisible.
I heated medium sized wires to make balled ends and flattened it with hammer.

With less than 2″ height, this pendant is perfect for Christmas or winter 🙂

See the details on my FB page

xoxo,

ien

HO HO HO!!!! Merry Xmas!!!

HO HO HO!!!!

I know it’s late, but I still wanna greet you all:
Merry Christmas!!!

And God bless us all 🙂

How was your Christmas? Bet it’s wonderful!
Mine was great. This is Claire’s 2nd Christmas, and this year she can open her presents all by herself *big proud grin*

Anyway, as we celebrate Christmas with happiness, some of us might not.
So I just wanna send prayers and positive thoughts to all of them, specially for those who missed their loved ones during this holiday.

Below was my Christmas themed jewelry for this year. I planned to make more, but unfortunately I can’t >.<
This little guy was made of fine silver wire with balled end. He's pretty small, just 4 centimeters from top to toe lol.

Now I'm working on several personalized orders and a new series: Ballerina Series.
You can have a peek here on my FB page

See you!!!

Love,
ien

Fine Silver Reindeer Pendant

Fine Silver Reindeer Pendant

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