It's that time again, folks! Each month we can't wait to get a peek inside your studios, see images of your works-in-progress, and hear about the evolution of your pieces. Each month we also feature the work of a random winner—who, in addition to getting a moment in the spotlight, wins a $10 Rio credit!
We saw some wonderful stuff this month, including an awesome handcrafted copper guitar pick, a pearly Keum-Boo poppy, and a fantastic PMC sunburst! Check out the comments to see for yourself!
This month's winner is Ivona Posavi Psak of Varaždin, Croatia. Ivona's Etsy store, Imnium is filled with all sorts of stunning, wire-wrapped treasures. Here's what she has on her bench right now:
This is my Kaleidoscope IV pendant, the fourth one in this mini-collection. The inspiration came from one childhood memory: The countless beautiful, symmetrical images produced by a kaleidoscope. I loved that thing and now I keep making kaleidoscope pendants.
They all have multiple axis of symmetry. This one has six. The large circle is actually hammered round wire. All circles and the bail are soldered (using Rio paste solder which is so much easier to use than regular solder) and all other parts are wrapped. About 25 hours of work went into it. It is difficult to get 3D symmetry and being a perfectionist does not speed things up at all.
Anyway, here it is and i hope you like it Thank you!
And two more gorgeous and irresistible pieces from Ivona's Etsy store:
Now it's your turn to show us what you're working on. What inspires you these days? What materials are you dying to work with? Add a comment to this post with photos of something that's on your bench right now. This next part is REALLY important, so take notes!
WE NEED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE CONSIDERED:
- Your full name (and a link to your website/Etsy store, if you like)
- A photo of your chosen project. Include a few photos if you like!
- A description of the project you're featuring. If you can include a little about your approach or technique, even better! Your fellow jewelers LOVE to read this stuff and so do we.
- After you add your comment, be sure to check back and make sure your photo has uploaded as it should. We don't want to miss your pic!
Enter and you might be spending an extra 10 bucks at Rio Grande this time next month. Our next winner will be in the spotlight in May—Amy, over at Rio's facebook page will keep you posted on the deadline, so stay tuned!Comment on this article
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