Here’s a some wire jewelry pieces I’ve worked on while hanging at DMS.
The pendant is similar mechanics to the wire bezel classes I’ve taught recently. This style is good for holding stones, fused glass, resin, etc.
For those that have taken the class, same construction, but the variant where you allow extra wire for prongs and loops on the bottom.
The “stones” in the first two images are actually melted glass marbles a customer brought me to have them put into jewelry for her.
BTW, apparently marble collecting is a Thing.
This lady has 1000s. (The mind boggles.)
Which led me to my next question…we had an interesting discussion about displaying them.
She has a dedicated room.
There are other marble enthusiasts out there.
There is a meetup group for this (of course).
They did a road trip to a marble factory.
Gentleman there gave them access to a machine and let them make their own colors.
There’s a whole bunch of terminology of the various shapes the wonky reject marbles coming off the line achieve.
And when that guy gets bored, he melts some into puddles.
He let the meetup group melt some for fun.
She brought some of hers to me.
And here we have some jewelry
Because I know you’re curious, (I looked it up), a “Mibologist” is a person who studies marbles. Your life is now complete.
Couldn’t find a term for collector, so just gonna say a person who owns 1000s is a Marble Maniac. Nice lady. Had a bunch of marble jokes too.
Ok, so for the pendant, it’s sterling silver wire, and beads are lapis, carnelian, bronze pearl, austrian crystal. And, of course, melted marble.
The marble for the ring had a neat sweep in it, and was big enough I could work an echoing swirl into the design. This is a variant of a ring I’ll probably teach this summer if there’s interest.
And here’s a ring I just finished. Brecciated jasper, size 17 (custom order). I love this stone. He was wanting “reddish” but not bright. This was perfect to go with his new garb but also wear every day.