Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The green thumb

I don't have a green thumb. I have eight fingers and two thumbs that are all black. Why that is, I have no idea. I say hello to a plant of any kind and it drops in agony never to recover again. If you don't believe me, ask my mother about the cactus incident. On the other hand, maybe better don't ask.

I love to look at plants, but try to keep my distance. Only in summer when our neighbors go on vacation, I take care of the plants outside and water them when it seems to be time. It's not a real garden in our backyard, so the task is not impossible, not even for me.

I think there is also something like a green thumb for jewelry making techniques. Of course there is a lot of hard work behind it, lots of patience, looking at tutorials, trying things over and over again, perfecting single steps, but there is also the inspirational spark that lets you choose one or several certain techniques in the first place.

Even if you develop, start pushing your own limits, learn new things, there will always be that first love somewhere in a little corner of your mind. I remember the moment I met mine very vividly.

I have no idea if the following examples are results of such first loves, but they show a variety of techniques carried out beautifully.

So let's open the door to the enchanted team garden ........

These copper and silver chainmaille flower earrings are from the shop of Glass Addictions.

She says the flowers remind her of medieval times and I can only agree to that.

My Precious tempts us with the raspberry plant, beautiful encased florals.

These lampwork beads are like little crystal balls giving you a preview of what might await you if you see the whole garden.

These star flower earrings come from Melissa Meman Designs.

Czech glass dagger beads are wrapped together with sterling silver wire to make up a colorful and fun design.

Here's the key to the garden, now why don't you have a stroll there and take some time to stop and smell the flowers.

Featuring artisan handmade creations by the Etsy Starving Artists Jewelry Team. SATeam members create handcrafted jewelry and beads. More information about our team and its current Etsy shop owner members can be found at SATEAM.etsy.com.


Anonymous said...

These three pieces are all beautiful examples of how we can incorporate nature into our jewelry with wonderful results.

galadryl said...

I can only agree to Angie's comment. Beautiful pieces. Great story around them.

mcstoneworks said...

Beautiful pieces. Love incorporating nature into jewelry.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful garden you have.

N Valentine Studio said...

I LOVE this blog post! Mind you I love gardening and have some what of a green thumb so this is right up my alley! Nice work!

Leilani said...

Nature is a constant inspiration for me in jewelry making, therefore, I love to look at jewelry that inspires the same! Great post!