A large one inch piece of Corsica sea glas is wrapped in metal wire and attached to a Sterling Silver chain.
My wife and I will be presenting her latest collection fo art jewelry at Gar-Field Senior High School Spring Craft Show on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The event opens at 9AM and is located on Smoketown Rd. in Woodbridge, Virginia. It is very near to Potomac Mills shopping mall. Marie Antoinette has been hard at work through the winter getting ready for this specific event and has created a whole new line of necklaces that are unlink anthing she has done before. Beautiful sea glass, wire wrapped pendants and even bookmarks are just a few of her latest collection of art jewerly.
We hope to see you there!
My wife has been busy through the winter preparing for our Spring craft shows with new offerings of sea glass jewelry and wire-wrapped jewelry. Today however, I wanted to show you something else she has been working on; bezel pendants.
It started when Marie Antoinette was commissioned to make a new necklace. The customer wanted a necklace made from grey freshwater pearls but when it was completed, there were still many beads leftover. Marie Antoinette gathered them up and placed them into a bezel pendant. Our client loved it so Marie decided to make a few more with other types of semi-precious stones.
Below are three that she just finished, they’re so new that they’re not even for sale yet. Click any image for an enlargement.
It’s coming! At long last Marie Antoinette is going to start making sea glass jewelry. She, my son and I have been picking it up off a stone beach in Corsica for many years; building up quite a collection. Marie Antoinette has just started working the art of wire wrapping and once combined with the sea glass; well, each piece will surely be unique and a one-of-a-kind piece of artisan jewelry. Each piece of sea glass is unique. I’m really looking forward to what she comes up with. Below are a couple of photos I took of a necklace she just completed.
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We were very fortunate to be contacted in August by a local resident who was going to get married in October. She was looking for something really special that used fresh water pearls and wire (click photos for enlargement). We met with the customer at our home where we could show her the collection of beads Marie Antoinette had in stock and to discuss the design and quantity the customer wanted.
Our customer wanted two sets (fresh water pearl earrings and necklace), one for her to wear and one for her made of honor. Together, the two of them reviewed some ideas and put together a list of supplies needed. Each of them looked for the right beads and after a bunch of e-mails and a few weeks they got together again at our house to discuss their findings.
Time was beginning to run out but once we had all the supplies, Marie Antoinette went to work on the sets, showing the client periodic process on the first one so she could go “full-steam ahead” on the second. Since this client was in our area, she could come and see the work in person and I think that meant a lot to her.
Designing custom wedding jewelry is a joint process. As a graphic designer myself, I watched as the two of them craft their ideas together to create a beautiful piece of jewelry. This isn’t to say that two heads are better than one but having the customer involved was an important step in the process. The process took two months to complete but the customer was very happy with the jewelry. I think it’s important for the customer to get involved because it gives them ownership that they might not otherwise have and more importantly, a true one of a kind piece of art can be made that will be cherished forever.