The editors over at the Art Jewelry Elements blog have come up with another fun challenge this month... and it has to do with using art headpins! What's an art headpin, you ask? It's a headpin handcrafted by an artisan... something beyond just a balled end... something that has the potential to be the focus of a design... a show stopper. Here's a great collage put together by Lesley Watt from the AJE team to show some examples of art headpins in designs and on their own:
|Collage from Art Jewelry Elements blog|
There's some great stuff out there in the jewelry making world for sure! I have to admit that I've been a little bit timid (ok, terrified) to use my small collection of art headpins in my designs. I mean, these are special, one of a kind pieces and if I screw it up, I don't get another chance. When I'm using "normal" headpins, if I botch something it's not a huge deal. I just cut the wire and start over. Not so once the fancy pants headpins come into play!
For this challenge I picked a set of awesome, crusty looking headpins from Havana Beads. I had been making some variations on a theme from the earrings that I just made for this month's We're All Ears challenge (you can see those HERE if you missed them) and got a wild hair to try something similar with this set of headpins and accent beads and some flame painted copper rings.
My original intent was to use both the headpins and the spacers together, but when I started putting things together the earrings were just getting too big for my taste... in part because I felt the headpins needed the larger sized copper rings to look right. I kept it simple and just added faceted amazonite rounds on either side of the headpins.
Remember those accent beads? I couldn't let them languish alone without their friends so I whipped up a pair of earrings with them too. No fancy art headpins here, but I wanted to share them anyway.
And while I didn't make this last pair for this challenge (they were for the June We're All Ears challenge from Earrings Everyday) they do represent my only other recent foray into using art headpins. They feature lampwork glass strawberries from Thornburg Bead Studio.
I really had intended/hoped to do more designs and break out more of my art headpins, but a super busy schedule and some unexpected travel sort of threw a monkey wrench into my plans! Never fear, there is a lot more headpin goodness to be seen out there since tons of other folks participated this month... hop around to see what everyone else came up with!
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