Posts Tagged ‘jewelry’

Over the last few months we started getting into Weeds thanks to friends of ours loaning us the first season on DVD; since then, we’ve received all three seasons and only recently finally went through all of the episodes.  There’s a lot to love about this series as evidenced by its multiple award nominations, and I am planning on eventually expounding on its hilarious take on suburban angst, but today I’m feeling a little more superficial because I find myself distracted by Nancy Botwin’s wardrobe.

The pilot episode featured a gorgeous little necklace that would make its appearance in future episodes, but is shown to its full effect during a rooftop spying session/conversation between Nancy and her son’s girlfriend:



(images from Mary-Louise Parker.net)

Usually if I draw inspiration from a show, a photograph, or a magazine, it’s pretty obvious that the final product doesn’t end up looking too much like the original; depending on what I have available to me to use, it really could look completely different.  But when I went about creating a version of this ribbon-and-bead necklace, the end results looked…well, more like the original than I thought it would.  Being a prototype it certainly lacked the craftsmanship of the original, but overall I was pretty pleased:


Naturally, I wouldn’t ever sell something like this, but I’m always pleased when something in my mind comes to fruition in front of me.  Now I just need to get sketching…

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A few months ago, one of my favorite style bloggers wrote about her search to find a bracelet with some timeless elements–she preferred either a gold or brassy metal–but with a dash of wit to reflect her personal style.  She finally decided on this gorgeous talon cuff from Pamela Love, a New York-based desginer who specializes in animal-inspired pieces:


Image from Style, a Work in Progress  (link to the right)

I have to say that the design intrigued me to no end, and when I saw Julia Restoin-Roitfeld’s cuff in the Fall ’08 Gap ads, I realized that I loved the idea of having a claw or talon surrounding my wrist:  it’s oddly grotesque but fits into my jewelry philosophy of wearing something kind of strange that also somehow works:


Image from Fashionologie

So my new project is figuring out how to re-interpret this motif using a much more wallet-friendly material–but that is for another day…

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Reading all of Diana’s potting exploits over at creative structures (http://creativestructures.blogspot.com) over the past few months stealthily entered my brain, I think, because I have a very powerful urge to start not only making beaded jewelry, but also playing with clay–specifically making some clay versions of gorgeous metal cuffs I have seen recently.

More importantly, it might be time to start selling some of it.  Anyone out there with Etsy or similar who wouldn’t mind sharing their experiences in the comments?

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It’s been a creative day here at the casa de Helvetica.  Michael made an amazing dinner that featured a lovely mango and peach gazpacho, featured here:

And yes, that is the table runner I mentioned that I was going to make so many moons ago!

To remind you that it’s not a drink:

If you’re dying to know how to make this, leave a comment and I’ll send it along.  Because it’s amazing, and it’s mango and peach season, and you all need to try this, well, tomorrow, if not yesterday.

But that wasn’t all we did here!  (We also made dinner, but it’s not as pretty as the gazpacho).  No, I finally buckled down and made my necklace for my wedding!

Wanna see?  (more…)

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There’s a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art focusing on one of Philadelphia’s local boys, Alexander Calder, and his vast catalog of jewelry that he made over the course of his career.  Though known primarily as a sculptor and as the inventor of the mobile, his jewelry making, just from the few pictures available in this article from NPR, posesses the same modernist spirit with its clean lines yet haphazard juxapositions–found items like seaglass coupled with wire hangers hammered and bent into rings, bracelets, and other body adornments.  Though I’m doubtful that I’ll get into the city to see the exhibit as it was meant to in my hometown, it’s fortunately coming to the Met in New York December 9, so a holiday trip into town seems to be in order.

To give you an idea of what could be in store, this came from the article itself–it’s a ring he made Joan Miro from wire and piece of ceramic:

Le sigh. (more…)

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