Friday, January 29, 2010

Silver Spiral Earrings

When I was little, one summer my mother took me to Eastern Europe to visit relatives who lived on farmlands there.

It was very strange and incredibly backwards to me. I dealt with no TV, no friends, odd surroundings, strange people who spoke a foreign language, homesickness, and OUTHOUSES!

Now that I look back on it, I had a wonderful time.

I remember wandering alone near a barnyard one day and, finding a long piece of copper wire in the dirt, I began playing with it. Eventually, inspired by my surroundings, it gained shape and became a horse.

Although it was long ago, I remember this vividly. Afterwards, my relatives were amazed and made a fuss that, out of boredom, I had created a piece of art out of rusty trash that I found on the ground.

That wasn't the last time that I created something from wire or dabbled in the arts. But over the years I got older, went to school, got a job, and had a family. Somehow I made time to have hobbies and create, but it was stolen time.

A few years ago I started making jewelry. Stringing beads evolved into using wire and metals which evolved into metalwork, which I am very happy with right now.

Above are a new pair of earrings I made this weekend by playing with a bit of scrap wire.

It all comes around, doesn't it.

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  1. Wood N Goods said...
    What a great memory! Did you keep the wire horse?
    Jessica said...
    Cute! You should make some without the end post for those of us with stretched ear piercings. I always appreciate large gauge jewelry on etsy but never see much of it.
    Contrariwise said...
    Wood N Goods,

    No, the people who we were visiting seemed to like it so much, that I gave it to them.
    Contrariwise said...

    If you find a pair of earrings that you like, you can always ask if they can be made in a larger gauge.

    I've made several of my earrings in larger gauges on request.
    Athena's Armoury said...
    What a great story! Thanks for sharing. It's funny how everything comes around and is connected.
    Jennifer said...
    I always like a good spiral and I really liked your story.
    Anonymous said...
    Isn't it funny how we always come back to our roots?

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