Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When Right Brains Go Left...

It's funny how my creativity works sometimes! Lately I've been making so much art that I actually had a craving for making jewelry. Hmmmm... what's up with that?

I'm not exactly sure, but I think that free and flowing goes a long way (right brain usage), but sometimes it feels good to get lost in the analytical details (left brain usage) of creation.

For instance, on my last flea market foray, I uncovered lots of cool items that needed a little finesse in how they might be assembled into jewelry. And I was ready for the challenge.

These two owl pins were some of my favorites and it definitely took some left brain activity to figure out how to cleverly and aesthetically create necklaces with them. For the blue-eyed beauty, I actually left the pinback on and used it to attach the chain. For this little green-eyed cutie, I removed the back and put jump rings through the openings of his feathers. I really like how he's attached in the middle.... and he looks so adorable hanging around your neck!

For this Elf In The Garden necklace, I took an old ceramic figurine and made him a swing seat out of a vintage key. But... duh! The top was too heavy and he'd fall upside down (and no one likes to have that happen when they're swinging!). I had to think about this one for awhile! I finally thought if I attached a bale behind his little elfin head and ran a second strand of chain through that, well... he'd be able to hold up his end of the bargain! Add two vintage flower clip-on earrings I already had in my stash, and... perfection!

And so it goes, folks... sometimes you feel like being specific and utilizing the laws of science in your art... and other times you just want it to be free and flowing like a river. I guess this is my Scientific Age. But who knows what next week will bring. I know I'll be surprised! I always am.

Note: all the items you see here (and more) can be purchased in the Vintage Upcycled Jewelry section of my Etsy shop.


  1. I am so craving that little elf but I'm on a spending ban :-(
    Lovely work
    J xx

  2. Awww, sorry about the spending freeze, Julie. I TOTALLY get that!


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