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About this design:

On my trip last summer, I had the joy of finding an art collection that had several pieces of one of my favorite jeweler's work! Honestly, his work was my favorite part of the collection. Anyway, I decided to pull out some heavy gauge wire and start working on a pair of earrings. Two pics of what I got to see then the bracelet I completed today.


Seriously heavy gauge bronze or brass or copper wire, good muscles in fingers and hands, seed beads, shell spacers, 18g red brass wire, hammers, anvil, more hammers, roller, blood, bruises, Alexander Calder's creations for inspiration. Added some amethyst beads, 6mm round and some copper beads, same size.

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  1. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Your bracelet is wonderful! His wall hanging really caught my eye followed by your bracelet. I love your bracelet better than his earrings.

  2. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Here are my two other sets of earrings. Yeah, Pam, my favorites of his were not at her place. :) But, I still am fascinated by his forging and metal work. Of course, the big pieces he made are nice, too!

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  3. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    I tried to fix the name, it is Alexander Calder. The edit seems to be correct now but not this. Oh well, my day, welcome to it!

  4. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    What a great wall decor-I love that! Your earrings are beautiful- they remind me of water

  5. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Neat earrings…all of them. I believe I have heard of him and admired his work. I can’t imagine that bracelet was easy to make…but you did a great job!!

  6. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Wow. Great bracelet, earrings and wall hanging. Just beautiful. Love the earrings with the bent wires. Great work!

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Wow, I love these! Every piece is super cool. There is something about the waves in the wire that is so soothing & relaxing–the mind just wanders. Very artistic designer, and his mobiles are so much fun. I like the balance you found in the one you created–not an easy task to do. Wonderful job with the smooth edges–did you tumble? I’m so wondering what gauge wire the earrings & bracelet are made of–’good muscles’ is an understatement!

  8. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Love your homage to Calder’s work! The earrings are fabulous! I know how hard brass is to forge, but it is a beautiful finish.

  9. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Thank you everyone! Yes, I love about all Calder. Mobiles have always been so interesting to me. Peggy Guggenheim’s collection had several mobiles along with the two pair of earrings and the wall piece. There were also photos of her wearing some of his pieces. For all of you modern art people, sorry, the rest of the collection had little to impress me! However, his stuff was enough for me but my sons were less than enthusiastic about her collection.
    My bracelet is done with 6 gauge wire, the earrings are with 8 and 10 gauge. No tumbling, I like the texture as it is. I am still considering if I want to do something at the top of the earring drop to play down the transition. Not sure. Any thoughts?

  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Jogi, thanks for the wire gauge info–that is some large wire. The earrings are great the way they are; if you wanted to create a transition, maybe some wrapped wire around the top with some tiny 3mm gemstone might soften the transition?? But I kinda like the modern look with the stark change. If I understand your last comment, the mobile art wasn’t your creation? I think it would seriously be hard to make and get to hang right. :)

  11. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Thanks CC. The two pictures with a white background are the photos I took of his work in Peggy Guggenheim’s collection at her place in Venice. All of the others are my own creations! She apparently once declared that she was the only one in the world who had worn his mobiles! I have actually tried to make small mobiles and some have been successful. But I have never tried to do them as earrings. That is not to say I haven’t studied those babies to try.

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    Melody F says:

    I too visited P.G.’s house in Venice, many years ago. I loved her dining table and chairs, each chair different. Art everywhere, even a lampshade was a collage. I love your bracelet! You must do the waves with the piece flat, then round the whole into bracelet shape. Yes?

  13. kye
    kye says:

    Your work inspired by Alexander Calder is wonderful. You must have strong hands and fingers! I’m so impressed with your creations. I’ve been a fan of Alexander Calder’s work since I learned about him in college. My husband made a stained glass mobile we hung in our house for a while. I really like a gorgeous broach that Georgia O’Keeffe always wore that he made and gave her. Anyway thanks for posting!

  14. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Thank you everyone! I made a couple of pendants to go with the earrings for a friend to choose from. I tumbled everything today and did a polish. The copper bracelet looks so sweet! I just wish I didn’t have fifteen injuries to my hands. Well, not that many but more than I like. I do love to work with the heavy wire but my hands do not appreciate it as much as my heart does.
    Melody, yes, I did the bends then the bangs attempting to curve it around a bracelet mandrel. I made it harder than I should have because I had worked it before and this time I wanted to pull it out a bit and try for the clasp like closure. So a lot of bending with pliers and holding it in my hands to finish it.

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