Thursday, January 12, 2006

Silver Frog

When I was a sophomore in college, I took a jewelry-making class as a non-art major. While I learned to cut metal with a jeweler’s saw with the appropriate amount of tension on the blade, soldering was a bit trickier. During my most ambitious creation, a silver frog with a blue tiger’s eye on its tummy, I melted the bezel for the blue tiger's eye stone four times before my professor intervened. She successfully got the bezel to attach to the frog, but there was so much fire-scale from the first four torch attempts that I never did manage to polish off all of the fire-scale thoroughly. I wore the necklace for a few years, and it made people laugh.

At this point, I know just enough about jewelry-making to appreciate the work that goes into it, even though I lack the artistry and technical skills to make pieces that provoke any responses but giggles. With that in mind, take a look at some of the My Aphrodite creations that Galetea of Blogopotamus Rex has made. (No bribes, including those in the forms of pendants or earrings, exchanged hands as a result of this post.) Each piece was inspired by a story, a song or a painting. I am a particular fan of the “Edwardian Blues” and “Serafina Pekkalah” necklaces, and am the happy wearer of the former.

8 comments:

galetea said...

Hey, thanks for the plug! (And I LOVE that froggy pendant!) I melted MANY bezels myself in JWH's class. :) My most common jewelry mishap these days is cutting myself with the saw trying to do something fiddly. :P

Just as an interesting aside; when I originally applied for the myaphrodite.com domain name, it was unfortunately taken by a sex toy company, so I applied for myaphroditejewelry.com instead. To my horror, my mother went to church one Sunday and told everyone to look for my jewelry at www.myaphrodite.com and then ended up having to make a lot of red-faced phone calls later to beg them not to. I'm sure a lot of sweet, prim and proper middle aged ladies had the shock of their lives.

Lone Star Ma said...

Lovely. What I really want is one of those pomegranate necklaces from your Persephone posts, though. It would make a great Red Party present! Does she make those?

galetea said...

I wish I did! I haven't experimented much with beading, but I do love using garnets. :)

Lone Star Ma said...

If you ever make one, not the seeds one but the one with the seeds spilling out of the copper fruit...oh, please let me know!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

We'll all be lining up for the pendant with the seeds spilling out of the copper fruit! I went back to that website where I found the picture of the pendant, and it had been sold, with no indication of another one to be made. I wasn't going to buy it, but I had still hoped someone I knew would get it, so I could look at it.:) That kind of pendant takes casting work, which (no pun intended) is a whole other ball of wax.

Nonny said...
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Nonny said...

Sorry about that, but after I read my comment it sounded all wrong so I had to delete it.

I love the frog pendant, sometimes I think your too hard on yourself. At least you tried.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Nonny, I thought the comment was funny! I didn't mean to imply that I had anything but a fun time in the jewelry-making class. I was priviledged to be in the class with a lot of really artistic people, so early on I decided that I would experiment without worrying about creating enduring, beautiful pieces. Now, I think I would pour a lot more of my concentration into the class, but back then I had a full course-load and was struggling with that. (I am technically able to multi-task after a fashion, but I hate doing it.)

If you ever get the urge to take a jewelry-making class, do it! It's fun to solder (even if melting the bezel is a risk).