I'm attracted to the textural subtlety that my "silk" Fretz hammer produces when I hammer metal with it... I wasn't sure about it when I first ordered it a few years ago, but I always love the results when I use it. My inspiration this week is Subtlety in Textures and Colors:
One of my very favorite "subtle" gemstone to use is Labradorite. See the hint of purple on the top left gemstone? And the hint of green flash on the top right one? (seen in both the picture above and just below)... the purple (especially) makes me go ga-ga lol
I love to chase the "flash" of Labradorite, depending on the direction that the stones are cut, and how the light hits it, you get these gorgeous colors, it's like opening a present on your birthday :)
You can also see some beautiful flashes of blue in the larger bottom gemstones... yummy!
And look at the "Silk" texture on the bottom hoops... I love how the look changes depending on the angle and how the light hits the copper (above and below):
This is the hammer that I've used.
It looks funky a bit, and it's not a cheap tool,
but the results are subtle and pretty darn cool, if you ask me :)
|Silk Texture Fretz Hammer at RioGrande|
Of course, I had to mix my metals again... I've left the copper and sterling silver au naturel, because so many love their metals bright, but I can oxidize them if a buyer prefers the antique look.
The rich warm hues in the copper are perfect for Fall.
These earrings are listed HERE on my NatLJ.com website :)
So, what about you??
Do you have a favorite subtle touch that you like to use when you make
(or 'see' when you buy) jewelry?
Do you have favorite textures that you tend to be more attracted to?
I'd love to hear about it!
Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!
Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist