It's one day late because of the Art Elements reveal yesterday, but nothing stops the Jewelry Artisans Community Oldies but Goodies Challenge, well, almost nothing.
Pendants are many people's favorite pieces of jewelry. I love pendants, I always have. The first one that I remember getting as a child was a silver heart. I wore it for many years, and it's still in my jewelry box. Another one from my childhood was a filigree flower. For some reason I was convinced that it was an edelweiss which it definitely wasn't.
Over the years others joined the exclusive club of favorites, some left it again because my taste changed, some stayed, some are connected with memories, others not so much.
If you make jewelry yourself, especially if it's mostly one of a kind, the memories are different. You may remember a piece custom made for someone for a special occasion or maybe the customer told you why they bought a particular piece. I remember one of the first pendants I sold, a pearl in wire crocheted sterling silver, the customer said she was looking so much forward to wearing it for her wedding. I don't think I breathed until she got the parcel and said that she loved it!
Maybe you remember how you made a piece become exactly what you wanted or what inspired you at the time or, like I often do, what you watched while working on it. "White bead loomed loop choker - first the X-Files episode "Alpha", then the original "Village of the Damned" ... that was the night the ex came home very late from a Japan trip and I almost freaked because I hadn't expected him yet, who dares to make strange sounds when I'm watching a spooky movie"! Does that happen to you, too?
There were a lot of entries in the challenge this time which didn't come as a surprise because it's soooo hard to pick a favorite! Or five! Or ten!!! ;-)
Then I had to pick from those faves for the collage, that wasn't easy, either. Prepare for a wonderful mix of different materials, designs and techniques. Why don't you pick a favorite piece, too?
1 and 10 Jewelry Art by Dawn
2 and 4 The Crafty Chimp
3 and 8 RioRita
5 and 9 Cat's Wire
6 and 7 My Bijou Life
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