This event is sponsored by Leah Curtis of the "Beady Eyed Bunny" blog!
Although the event was indeed a challenge, Leah helped make it easy for us to learn more about jewelry in our time period. In her call for participants, she included multiple links to helpful summaries.
I mentioned in a previous blog entry that I had a difficult time selecting the time period I wanted to work with. Since I had just created a necklace inspired by Hellenstic Greece (with strong Egyptian themes) for a "Challenge of Travel" event recently, and other Roman Empire inspired piece, I decided to slide to the opposite end of the spectrum, and one I knew very little about--Art Deco, which you can read about in the link Leah provided!
The period covers from 1925-1939 and has strong influences in the architecture of the time. It grew out of the Industrial Age was and was preceded by the Art Nouveau period. There are straight lines, geometric shapes, and silver metals. Clear diamonds, light color and dark color gemstones were commonly used. (http://www.allaboutgemstones.com/jewelry_history_art-deco.html)
I began by searching for appropriate metal work. My concepts of Art Deco and Art Nouveau had long been fuzzy (and apparently are to many shop owners too). Now I began to differentiate between the two. I searched until I found several silver-plated pieces I liked and could use. I was planning on using gemstones and work from my collection of Czech cut-glass crystals. Until I found these lovely glass pieces from Tracy Matthews at Very Pretty Things.
Ruby Red Stained Glass Necklace
Very Pretty Things
This was actually designed as a pretty drop necklace with three of these glass beads connected vertically. It was a shame to take it apart, but it was just what I was looking for as a substitute for gemstones.
Art Deco Celtic Focal Antique Silver Ox Brass Jewelry Findings
The extra-large bail, above, seems a cross between Deco and Nouveau.
Antiqued Sterling Silver Plated Art Deco Earring or Pendant Drop
Taylor Baskin Designs
Stamped out of brass that has been plated in sterling silver and antiqued. Professionally finished.
I made these earwires and included a pearl-like gemstone. The Art Deco extenders are used here in the earrings and folded over as a bail in the necklace.
You can find the others here:
Please return to the "Beady Eyed Bunny" to see the other entries! Thanks again to Leah and the other participants!
Sharyl ~ Sharyl's Jewelry
Ahowin - Art Nouveau www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com
Alicia Marinache – Victorian http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Becca's Place – Renaissance www.godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com
Beti Horvath – Ancient Egypt and Art Deco www.stringingfool.blogspot.com
Cherry Obsidia – Ancient Mecynae Greece www.cherryobsidia.blogspot.com
Cooky – Renaissance www.shepherdessbeads.com/Blog.html
Jamie Shipp – Middle Ages www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Davies-Reazor – Medieval www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog
Kathleen Douglas – Indus Valley www.washoekat.blogspot.com
Kashmira Patel – Etruscan www.sadafulee.blogspot.com
Lady Grey – Victorian www.beadsteaandsweets.blogspot.com
Laney Mead – Pre-Columbian www.laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk
Leah Curtis – Ancient Roman www.beadyeyedbunny.blogspot.co.uk
LiliKrist - Persia www.lilikrist.com
Melissa – Mesopotamian www.design.kcjewelbox.com
Melissa Trudinger – Art Nouveau www.beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Micheladas Musings – Ancient Romans www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Paula Hisel – Victorian www.simplybeadiful.weebly.com/simply-stated.html
Sandra Wollberg – Art Nouveau www.city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.com
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson – Art Deco www.sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com
Tracy Stillman – Victorian www.tracystillmandesigns.com