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Monday, August 15, 2011

Beautiful Words

There is a thread started by sbarzacchini aka Susan over at JL about creator's block where the suggestion was made by Glenda to pick a word from a book and design around that. You can follow the thread here, if you are a member of JL. I thought it was a great idea and decided to play along. :)

I picked up my dictionary, let it fall open, closed my eyes and pointed at a word. The word does not conjure up images of jewelery. My husband suggested I pick another, but, no- to be fair, I stuck with it.

My word:  moderate (adj \ˈmä-d(ə-)rət\) Not moderate (verb \ˈmä-də-ˌrāt\)

The very first visual that popped into my head was that of a bell curve. According to Merriam-Webster, I wasn't too far off track. To me, the bell curve beautifully represents moderate, with moderate being in the upper part of the bell. So, I started working on ideas for a bell curve.

I had an idea to do a pendant that looked like and was similar to a toggle clasp. I got some wire and stuff and started laying them out. I was arranging a ring with a bell curve of wire when I noticed an interesting arrangement with the bell curve on the bottom. I decided to stick with that and flesh it out.

What you see pictured, happened really fast. Between the time I picked the word to finishing the piece, only about an hour passed. I was deliberately working fast because I wanted to go with that flow. I have been working hard at trying to be more freestyle and just going with things rather working things out. Most of my designs take a long time just to work out in my head. This was an exercise in letting the subconscious reign.

Overall, I'm quite happy with this and I am going to use the word picking idea again. It was a great exercise and lots of fun! Thanks Susan and Glenda :)










After I was finished with the pendant, I decided this needed some earrings.




The rings are a full hard, heavy gauge of some unknown coppertone metal from the craft store. I love these rings, they sparkle and have lots of texture. The wire I used was 20 and 24g copper. The beads are faceted goldstone. These kinda look Egyptian to me.

EDIT:
Check it out- Renate has posted one at her blog, too. Great job, Renate!

More edit:
All the pieces have now been posted at JL. Have a look, they are all fantastic, beautiful and VERY interesting!
Here is Susan's piece. Her word was sooooo perfect and her piece is beautiful!
Here is Glenda's piece She had a tough word, but came up with a perfect, pretty piece for it!
Here is Christine's piece Her word drove her to break rules and come up with a beauty!
Here is Renate's piece on JL I think she had the toughest word, but pulled off a real winner with an interesting twist!



8 comments:

  1. Wow! So unexpected! Did I mention, that I love the surprises of creative minds?! Love it ;-)

    Off to take pictures of my own random word.

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  2. Can't wait to see what you came up with!!

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  3. These are STUNNING!!!! WOW, They are really pleasantly unexpected! YOU ROCK!

    I was just on JL and noticed the thread Susan started. I got really excited...It does have the feel and excitement of the old JL. I went to the Gallery to see what had been posted....nothing. That was disappointing ...sooo I thought I'd check here. I'm sure glad I did.
    Thanks for continuing to inspire.
    And for being a comforting and level headed force.
    MichelleO.

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  4. Hi Christine! Thank you, thank you! It is a bit different for me, isn't it? :) I hope you will join in, too. It's really fun to see what your mind will conjure.

    I am posting this at JL later, but I thought we were supposed to do it later in the day so I'm waiting.

    Renate did one, too, at her blog http://auf-draht.blogspot.com/2011/08/random-word-criggion.html

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  5. Fabulous word association and artisan piece.
    Greetings,
    -Eva Maria

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  6. They are all up now. What a wonderful way to get out of a "slump." They are all very beautiful!!!!
    MichelleO.

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  7. Michelle! I'm so sorry I called you Christine, I had just finished responding to her on JL! My face is red! DOH!

    I'm going to link to each of the projects. This was a really awesome exercise! It surprised me so much that I want to do another just to see what happens.

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  8. Hi Eva Marie, thank you for commenting :) Everyone did a fabulous job! :)

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