Sunday, June 26, 2011

June Blog Carnival - Using Other People's Work In Our Designs

This month's SATeam Blog Carnival topic is "Using Other Peoples Work in Our Designs". For me this usually means that any non-metal components would be qualified as other people's work...however, that doesn't always include "handmade". For the purpose of this topic I will focus on components "handmade" by others that I have incorporated into my designs.
Some of the very first creations in which I used another artist's handmade components were some lampwork beads by Melissa Vess of MelissaBeads ..

This first one "Joy Luck Club" was created using these fabulous deeply colored green glass beads...this piece was sent to Melissa in exchange for some other beads she provided for my use. This is one of my favorite works ever.
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Another of my favorites also includes a beautiful Melissa Vess focal bead as the body of ..."Goddess of the Harvest Moon"

I have participated in several component swaps with other jewelry artisans...one such swap gifted me with some chainmaille components from Jennifer Casaday. Here I incorporated her "Rhino Snorting Drano" chain in "Wrapsody" with my wire woven sapphire flower and toggle...

In addition to the examples provided here, I have used many hand cut stone cabochons in my creations...I must remember to make note of the very talented lapidaries when I stash these beautiful specimens...unfortunately I usually neglect to do so...my bad!
It is definitely fun for me to use other artisans work in my designs...it provides another source of inspiration, sparks new creativity and doubles the intrinsic value of the creation...two artists' work for the price of one? Well, maybe!
Other SATeam members who are participating in this month's Blog Carnival topic are:

Lynne from Island Girl

Caron from BeadSire

Sylvia from Galadryl Designs

Dawn from Jewelry Art by Dawn

Jeanne from J3 Jewelry

Bonnie from The FamiLee Jewels

7 comments:

Islandgirl said...

Goddess of the harvest moon is very cute! Wish I had my beads etc, labeled better too! Added your link to my blog!

Bonnie said...

That Joy Luck Club piece is lovely. That color green is wonderful and you have really set the beads to showcase them.

AMDesignsbyAngela said...

Thank you Lynne & Bonnie.

Jeanne said...

I can imagine losing track of the custom items such as lampwork beads, pc pieces, etc. over time as they grow and grow in the drawers. Thanks for the tip, I'll try to keep track of mine! :) Lovely items you have featured here.

Cat said...

It's always fun to see what artisans can do with handmade components, great post!

BeadSire said...

Melissa's beads are beautiful, I love how you have used them in your design to create the stunning pieces that you have - I adore the first one and can understand how it is a favourite!

galadryl said...

Love the design of your joy luck piece. Lovely combination with the form of the metal and the rubber (?) collier.