Here's one of the inspiration photos:
I focused on a few of elements for my designs:
1. The fall of sunlight through the rocks
2. The overall warm color scheme including yellows, golds, oranges and reds
3. The sedimentary layers and striations in the rocks
When I saw these pre-made gold components with all the chains, I immediately thought of the inspiration photo with the sun falling down through the rocks. I was a little on the fence about using something pre-made (although I have to admit I keep getting more and more tempted by some really great components at a certain craft store). The negative side is that using them reduces a portion of the handcrafted element in the finished design. On the plus side, they save me some time AND they are a great jumping off point to get my creativity flowing when I'm either at a loss for ideas OR have too many ideas in a logjam because they're all trying to get out at once.
For the top portion, I used 14k gold-filled wire and headpins to wire-wrap some crystal dangles. The main glass beads look orange in the photos, but in real life, they are a gold color with orange striations like the rocks in the inspiration photo. A tiny orange crystal sits on top and I upped the value factor by using 14k gold-filled French hooks. I called these "Sunfall."
Inspiration photos containing all the warm shades of yellow, orange, copper, and red seemed like the perfect opportunity to break open my hoard of Kristi Bowman's* amazing copper components. I selected this pair with lots of lines to represent the striations in the rocks.
Although the photos don't contain any cool colors, I remember from my Arizona trip how beautiful the sky was and that there was a surprising amount of green and even water in the desert. To represent this and act as a contrast to the copper, I selected some lapis lazuli rondelles and some tiny faceted Czech glass seed beads in turquoise with a Picasso finish on them. Copper spacers, wire, headpins and French hooks complete the design. One other thing I did that is different than my usual style is that I used open/plain loops on the dangles and the connection between the bead "stack" and the copper components. Normally, I always used wrapped loops for extra security, but the wraps add a bit of extra space and/or become part of the design when I don't necessarily want that element. I'm very happy with the experiment from an aesthetic viewpoint. Hopefully, they will hold up from a security standpoint as well. This design is called "Desert Waters."
This pair is kind of literal when it comes to the colors and the rock striations, but they were just too perfect so I couldn't pass up using them. These ceramic dangles are from Scorched Earth.
I added a stack of bronze ceramic Mykonos spacers and a tiny faceted Czech glass rondelle in bright orange. I call this design "Sunset in Sedona."
Hope you enjoyed my designs. I'll get them into the Etsy shop soon along with the other new designs from last week.
*By the way...I partially blame Kristi for my bird photography obsession. Not only did I learn about Wild Bird Wednesday from Kristi, but it was an utterly amazing photo she took and posted of some Cedar Waxwings that sent me over the edge into "I wanna do that, too!" territory. AND, she was kind enough to answer my silly newbie questions about her camera gear. As an added bonus, I think my jewelry photos are improving as a result of all of my recent practice on the birdies. Thanks, Kristi!!