The Influence of Music 

Music has a connection to everything I do. I grew up in a very creatively motivated home. My parents painted, sang, and played instruments. There was usually music on somewhere in the house. I recall playing The Talking Heads on my stereo while my older brother below me played Nat King Cole and my younger brother next to him played Rush. My mother would have opera or classical playing on her stereo in the living room…only if there wasn’t a string quartet in our large living room or one of us kids practicing piano, flute, drums or guitar. None of us children became virtuosos but, we all became very dependent on music. All of us had music on more than the TV back in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s…long before video games and cellphones. 

I feel lost without music in the background. Some of my best ideas come when I’m concentrating on the music or after I see a live show. The key for me is live shows. I’m energized and in a great mood for days after a concert. I like to go to concerts the way some people go to movies. It’s an escape for me. 

So, it makes perfect sense that my Beads and Maille creations are increasingly becoming influenced by music. 

That will be my new mission. Vegan leather, guitar pick and musical note pendants and charms, more red and black, more black with brighter colors and more stainless steel. 

Jewelry For Me!!! New Ideas…Chainmaille obsession!

I finally sat down and made myself a pair of earrings.  I’ve been so obsessed with making sellable jewelry that I’ve let myself go!  Here’s what I did:

Chainmaille and Peace Signs

I bought the peace signs a loooooong time ago meaning to make earrings for me.  I bought the small silver plated rings in June for another project but, I like chainmaille so much that I wanted to incorporate it into my little project.

It was practice for me.  I’ve been using primarily aluminum rings which really don’t require any tools because they are so soft and easy to open and close.  Silver, stainless steel and copper aren’t quite as easy especially the little tiny ones.  I want to try to make longer chains using gold, silver and stainless steel rings.

I also have a pattern for a chainmaille vest that I promised my boyfriend about 2 years ago…time has been against me.  It’s going to be a big, tedious process but I’m determined.  I bought the recommended tools (bent nose pliers) and  I used them for the chainmaille in these earrings.  They worked beautifully.

For practice, I’m planning on making some more of the small chainmaille jewelry for myself and then plan on selling it in my Etsy shop.

Let me know what you think!

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