Jewellery equals joy

Jewellery = joy. Emotional maths, and one of the most evident equations in my book.

Whether it’s about holding the tools in my hands, reading about jewellery history, looking for jewellery supplies, finding vintage tools or potential jewellery material in a second hand shop, learning about different techniques or writing this blog post. It’s all and all joy!

How to illustrate this kind of joy? How many pixels does it take to prove emotional maths?

There is an eye candy side to all this. The tools, studio environment, work in progress, materials, tiny objects, silver shine… Perhaps this collection from the archives can convey some of my jewellery joy:

What kind of joy does jewellery give you?

I have always liked the idea of mixing hard metals with soft techniques. This year, my theme for the A to Z challenge is “Metal meets textile”. From A to Z, I talk about work with metal wire, textile techniques like crochet and knitting, show some pieces I’ve been working on, share some thoughts on metal, textile and jewellery. I hope that you’ll find something of interest to you!

23 thoughts on “Jewellery equals joy

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  3. Eye candy indeed! Well done. πŸ™‚ You brought back memories of another jewelry studio, where I worked for a year or two shortly after graduating from art school. It was a small business of fashion jewelry run by two eccentric people, called Silver Image. We made lots of simple silver earrings. I wasn’t all that good with a hammer or other tools but I have a sharp eye so they put me on quality control and shipping. Fun memories.

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      • πŸ™‚ True! They sent me to buy diamonds one day – tiny 2-point (I think?) diamonds they were using in a necklace. NYC has a diamond district with a host of old traditions and businesses. It was quite an experience. When I got back to the Silver Image loft, I unfolded the white paper (special paper, special folds, etc.) and looked at them in the sunlight. Before that, I disdained that kind of bling. I preferred simpler, earthy things. But that experience changed my mind about the beauty of a cut diamond.

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    • Thanks for letting me know how this lands with you! I’m glad I can contribute with points for the scavenger hunt. (Apart from this more obvious one, I am trying to sprinkle a few of the words across my post, but I often forget to check when I visit other posts.)

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  4. Oh, I love jewelry! Especially quirky vintage pieces that you can only find when you’re NOT intentionally looking for them! *laugh*

    I know absolutely nothing about the “making of” process, but I absolutely find joy in the end result. πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m very attached to my small earring collection but in general I’m not interested in jewelry for myself. I do like looking at at as objects, small sculptures. Your photos convey your feelings beautifully. It’s easy to see how much the whole world of jewelry means to you.

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    • Me too, I look at jewellery as objects, sculptures. When someone asks “so what kind of jewellery do you make, is it rings, earrings…?” I find it difficult to answer. I think more of it as creating shapes.

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      • That’s it exactly. Sculptures with the added challenge of needing to be weighted a certain way, conform to the need to be suspended, etc. In thinking this way, as a sculptor, I think that makes for much more interesting results than taking the idea of ho hum I am making yet another eearring, and earrings look a certain way so I must conform to that idea.

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  6. I can certainly understand how making jewelry can bring joy, and when it does so will learning about it, and blogging about it, etc.
    I may be a rare woman, I don’t care much for jewelry. I am wearing none, and can’t remember the last time I did! When I was married (I’m a widow), I didn’t even wear my diamond engagement ring with my band. That’s another issue, an ethical one. I can appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty in some of it. The photos you posted are beautiful, even the tools have their beauty. I am happy to have found this post for the scavenger hunt!

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    • Ha ha, yes, when I saw the scavenger hunt list, I thought I’ll at least be contributing with one of the words! πŸ˜‰
      There used to be a time when I didn’t feel dressed if I didn’t wear earrings, or I would even bother to go back to put on a favourite ring, if I noticed at the door on my way out that I didn’t have it on. I wear less jewellery at the moment, and I think it might have to do with habits. You are certainly not the only one who does not wear jewellery, some people don’t like how it feels on your body, allergies can play a role, or just… well, who says you “have” to, right?
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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  7. My work with my hands has been in wood, electronic components, and more rough metalworking with sheet metal and large stock transformed by welding and machine tools. Even with the very different mediums, I understand the thrill of shaping things under your hands. I do not think joy is an inaccurate description of the feeling not just upon completing a work, but of the moments when you are in it. In fact, the most joy seems to visit me while working, not when I’m done.

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    • I think you nailed it there, about “the feeling… when you are in it”. At best, it is really as if you are “in” something, and that is so precious! As I love metal in general, I’ve asked myself if I wouldn’t want to scale up and learn welding, or at least work on spoons and bowls in silver. But for me it’s the small scale that suits me, and the jewellery! I did have some introduction in wood sculpture work, and loved it.

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