Erin Prais-Hintz of Treasures Found hosted this intriguing challenge. When I read it I thought "Hmmm, this is a certainly is challenging, interpreting music into a jewelry design, instrumental music no less!" The rules were that simple, yet it seemed complex to me. Finding a piece of instrumental music to inspire you to create a corresponding piece of jewelry.
First of course was finding a great instrumental selection. Mine I image is maybe more main stream than most, but we shall see as we hop to all the other blogs.
I have always liked jazz and swing, the beats and the dancing. The images of a by gone era they stir in me, a simpler, quieter, less hectic time. I would love to take swing dance classes. Hubby? Uh yeah, not so much, lol. I did get to go to a class with a friend when we were in NYC a few years back. I was only going to observe, but one of the instructors was sure I should try it. I was a tad nervous, but he was right I caught right on and had a blast. I have to say though, I don't know how you do this type of dancing without sweating,er glistening, yes glistening. A lady doesn't sweat (those of you who know me will no I'm not always such a lady though, lol)
So I set off to YouTube in search of my music and I came across this Duke Ellington standard, written by Billy Strayhorn in 1939. Lyrics didn't come until five years later and were sung and recorded by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald.
Flat spiral close up, note the Swarovski bicones are larger closer to the focal.
Close up of Jasper focal.
Here's how the choker lies on the neck. Sorry again for the blurry photo. Although it's a bit more formal than I normally go, I think I will wear it Saturday to the Berks Bead Bazaar. The weight of it is very nice, substantial bit not too heavy.
Now get hopping to see what everyone else has chosen and created. I will be packing and hitting the road today, bit will hop along soon :).
Evie and Beth McCord
Malin de Koning
Mary K McGraw