Tulips everywhere!

Hello there!!

Lately I was flooded by ideas inspired by flowers, specially tulips. There are other flower-related ideas too but I haven’t get the muse to work on them so I just sketched them down and wait for the perfect mood πŸ™‚

So far since I started making wire jewelries back in 2009, I’ve made 3 tulip designs: a jewelry set in late 2009 and two pins/brooches this year.
There’s almost 5 years gap between those designs, and I make a good progress (well, at least in my own opinion lol).
Let’s see them all ^^

First design & the beginner’s flaws
The first tulip design was a jewelry set made for myself. I wore it on the wedding of my husband’s (that time he’s still my boyfriend hehe) cousin.
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My first tulip design

You can see so many flaws and that the designs were so simple.
That ring weren’t constructed very well. I only thought how to realize my design without considering its wearability. Maybe it’s a beginner’s weakness.
I have to admit that the ring caught on my clothes and bag. And I had to repair it every time it happened.

I’ve learned my lessons, and I try my best to improve the wearability of my designs.

Latest designs…
This year I make 2 tulip designs. Both are pins/brooches.

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Black Tulip Pin

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Tulips Bouquet Pin

Both were made with same methods. Every stones and wires wrapped all at once. No re-wrap or wire joints being woven twice.

I also made the pin by myself. This way I can control both the front and the back side of each brooch. Both wrapped neatly, no wire mess crossing behind the focal cabochons.

Can you see the improvement? Can you point my mistakes and flaws? And will you be kind (and patience) enough to tell me those mistakes?
I would love to hear what you think about these pins I made.

For more detailed pictures please visit my FB page

Thank you so much, and see you on next post.

xxx,

~ien

Friday Featured Piece: Terra The Forest Faerie

The story behind designing & making process of Terra becomes an important milestone in my jewelry making journey.

I have to admit that druzy is not my favorite materials to work with. But when I read a druzy themed wire jewelry design contest, I was thrilled. Nothing thrilled me better than challenges, specially when there are prizes lol 
I think this is a good chance: there’s a challenge with prizes, I’ve done all my personalized orders, and need to make some ‘ready stock’ items.

After two or three weeks of ‘meditation-for-inspirations’, I saw my daughter’s bag with Tinker Bell picture. And that’s when hundreds of the bulb turned-on.

Terra is an important piece for me. I enjoy every single step in her creation process. She shows me that I can turn impossible things into possible ξ€’

Triangle druzy with green and a bit blue sparkle reminds me of our beloved earth. Green for forest and blue for the oceans, lakes and rivers.
I decided this faerie will be a forest fairy, and used Gun Metal from Artistic Wire to wrap it. The dark brown color of it reminds me of fertile soil of the forest.

I used wire mesh for her wings, and add some tiny Swarovski crystals to give it sparkles, just like the way sun shines through spiders’ web.

She holds bunch of colorful ‘flowers’ in her hand, to represents the richness of forest.

With a vertical pin on her back, you could wear her as a brooch or pendant πŸ™‚

Finally, I proudly present Terra The Forest Faerie to all of you.

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~ien

PS: detailed pics of Terra, please visit my FB page 

PSS: Just drop me an email to
ienmaginations.jewelry@gmail.com if you want to have your own faerie 

Friday Featured Piece(s): Ocean themed bridal hairpieces

Aloha!! 
It’s summer, let’s hit the beach!!

This time I’ll showcase not just one, but two jewelry pieces I recently made.
They are hairpieces, bridal hairpieces exactly, for one of my besties.

She’s going to marry her fiancΓ¨ on July, 29th -yes, that’ll be next Saturday Sunday.

About a month ago she asked me to make two hairpieces for her wedding. No need to say that it’s an honor for me πŸ™‚

I was thrilled -my first bridal piece!!! ξ„…- and absolutely said yes to her.
She said that the wedding party will be held in a seaside restaurant, thus I think the hair piece might be in beach/ocean theme.

Several ideas were presented to her, but she just said “It’s up to you”.
So I just picked two designs and started to work on it them.

Salacia

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I made this piece in her wedding gown color palette: white dress with layered tulle accent. She said she’ll add fuchsia ribbon to it.

The name Salacia taken from Roman myth. She’s the goddess of the sea, which also represents the beauty of the ocean.

Salacia made from permanently colored copper wire in silver, Swarovski components, cupchain crystals, japanesse seed beads, european standard crystals, and fresh water pearls.

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This is how it looked like on my hair 

The Tide Knot

Second piece was inspired by Helen Dunmore’s books: INGO (tetralogy).
Helen described details of underwater life in her book, which I read several years ago.
Those details remained in my mind, and burst out when I designed this piece.

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The Tide Knot was made of permanently colored copper wire, Swarovski components, cupchain crystals, czech montees, japanesse seed beads, fresh water pearls, and metal ball beads.

Color palette used in this piece taken from her 2nd dress (she’ll wear two dresses): turquoise, black, and silver.

I picked the name because of its shape: 6 waves tied into a circle.
The waves represent marriage tidals: ups and downs, sadness and happiness, love life, social life, and every aspect of marriage.
The circle represents endless hope and love that will help the couple to get through every waves of their marriage.
That’ll be my prayers for my bestfriend 

Now I have to find a dress and make proper jewelries for my self .

See you soon!!
~ien

PS: detail pictures please visit my Facebook page 
And please tell me what you think about these pieces!! 

Thank you!!!

My current project(s)

I’m working on some projects at this moment. Some of them are custom orders, others are my Pay It Forward 2012 pieces.

What is Pay It Forward 2012? I got this fun activity from one of my FB friend, Saskia. It’s about giving away 5 handcrafted pieces to 5 persons who left comment on your status. Then, those 5 person have to post it on their status, and give away another 5 handcrafted pieces, etc, etc, etc. Isn’t it fun?

The point is not how difficult the piece, or how great it is. It is love, attention, and prayers that you put into it that matters. I know that every piece I received will be very special, and I really hope that everyone received mine will feel the same.

So far, I’ve finished 2 pieces for PIF 2012. Both of them are wire write name pendant. I’ll post about them later.

For now, I wanna tell you about ARCO pendant.

Arco Pendant is a custom order piece for Dawn. She asked me to design a pendant for her: a hummingbird sipping honey from a tulip.

A cute idea, and it took me quite long before I came to this design.

I still have to add some vines below the tulips, but so far I’m quite happy with it.

Materials used are permanently colored copper wire, glass pearl, Swarovski crystals, Toho 11o seed beads, and shell pearl.

It’s about 3″ height and 1.75″ on its widest part.

The pictures that inspired me

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Here’s a bit about ruby-throated hummingbird:

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilocus colubris -now you know why I anamed him Arco lol) are known because of their ruby-colored neck.
It is a small hummingbird.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is 7–9 cm long with an 8–11 cm wingspan, and weighs about 3 g. Adults are metallic green above and greyish white below, with near-black wings. Their bill is long, straight and very slender.

They regularly nests east of the Mississippi River in North America.

Details please see here

Okay, i think I gotta go. My lil daughter wanna play with me, and she seems a lil bit jealous with this phone lol..

See you again on next post!!

xoxo
ien