Jewelry Project Designs Inspired by Fall Leaves & Color
When I think of fall, I get very melancholy. To me, fall means the end of so much I look forward to all year and all I enjoy about summer. Once fall begins, though, I do get into the spirit. I enjoy less humidity, bluer skies, the smell of leaves (wet or dry!), decorating for Halloween then Thanksgiving, and to more time outside. Fall also ramps up the season of making!
ABOVE: Fall leaves in the Pacific Northwest, Photo: Tammy Honaman; Sandra Lupo’s Sun Worship Duo necklace, Photo: Jim Lawson
For inspiration, I’ve been perusing issues of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist and am excited to share some jewelry projects that just might whet your appetite and get you making, too.
Sparkling in 3D
As much as I don’t like my birthstone (if it were sapphire, I wouldn’t complain!), I do happen to LOVE the stone in these earrings. Using Sam’s Simple Mount settings, domed sterling silver discs, and citrine (or stone of your choice), you can create these stunning earrings.
Make these earrings or one of each of these designs for yourself or as gifts.
And, is it just me or are you also inspired to solder and get your tools to look as well used as Sam’s? Not only am I wanting to get my tools out and use them, seeing his solder block, my mind wanders and wonders about all the other jewelry projects he’s made using these same tools.
Sun Worship Duo
Sandra Lupo brings carnelian to life in her Sun Worship Duo necklace. Another perfect color for fall and a necklace that would be wonderful to wear to any special holiday celebration. This design combines our love for wire work, soldering, and stone setting. It also has a touch of whimsy that draws you in!
Another jewelry project filled with whimsy is Sandra’s lapis and tumbled peridot necklace. It’s the perfect amount of color, for me, and I love how the wire just dances!
Open & Close
Janet Alexander combines metal clay, soldering, stone setting, and a fabulous crazy lace agate cabochon, perfect for the season, in her Open & Close bracelet design. The links are metal clay, the texture is hand carved, and the bezel and stone setting are done with traditional metalsmithing techniques. Hidden pin hinges work to keep the piece together and the viewer guessing!
Another talented metalsmith who also incorporates metal clay into her work, Noël Yovovich creates mystery in her Hidden Catch metal clay bracelet design. In the main jewelry project, she covers how to create the leaves and the overall bracelet design. She offers her tried-and-true instructions for creating metal clay bezels for your stones and a bit about “what not to do.” In addition to the project, she shares how to create a clasp that yields a springy bracelet. This not only gives you the whole picture, it allows you to mix and match techniques so you can create a few different varieties on this theme.
It seems Lexi Erickson shares my sadness over the end of summer, yet she shares this in a way I could only dream of writing and from a place I can only dream of visiting: “I’m such a romantic. I close my eyes and again it’s the end of summer turning into fall. I’m in the West Country of England, where the overburdened berry bushes along the tiny lanes weep with the heaviness of blackberries and late raspberries. In Cornwall, as we climb to Tintagel, the legendary birthplace of King Arthur, the herringbone pattern of ancient slate creates craggy ledges from which the autumn leaves tumble. The ghosts of late summer flowers remain. Oh, to be in England! This piece (Guinevere’s Lament) is dedicated to those memories.”
I can also only dream of being half as talented in the soldering arena as Lexi. This jewelry project speaks volumes of her talent, expertise, and design ability.
I hope you’re feeling inspired to get making and to craft something special for yourself. And just maybe, you’ll also get to work on that gift list!
Editor Beadwork magazine; Group Editorial Director, Beading & Jewelry