I’m so happy to be taking part is this fabulous Blog Hop today!
I entered thinking I didn’t have a chance to actually be chosen to participate and I was so excited to have won a spot! Not only was I excited to take part in my first ever Blog Hop, but I was thrilled to receive two lovely poppy headpins to create something with as part of the challenge. Jo Tinley from Daisychain Designs is a talented artisan and I was excited to get to work with these poppy headpins that she made!
This little project also turned into something a little therapeutic for me which was greatly appreciated. Having lost my mom to ovarian cancer only 11 days ago I’ve been feeling a little lost and struggling with so many emotions. Having the deadline to get this piece of jewelry made pushed me to spend some time thinking about creating and it was a push I needed. Being creative has always been a great outlet for me to work out stress and I’m so grateful to have something I love to do that will help me along the way to healing.
The jewelry I create is typically feminine and easy to wear and these headpins fit perfectly into my design esthetic. I’ve recently started working with metals including silver, copper and steel and this was the perfect opportunity to mix these metals in one piece. As soon as I got my package in the mail with these lovely poppies I was certain of what I was going to make.
I started with annealed steel wire and formed it into a teardrop shape by hand. I then hammered it to give it a great rustic texture. I positioned the headpins where I wanted them and wrapped the copper around the steel. Once I was happy with the placement I sealed each piece with wax to protect the steel from moisture and added hand formed sterling silver earring wires. I love how these earrings turned out and I’m thrilled that the simple design showcases the beautiful poppies!
The fun of this Blog Hop is that you get to see how 6 different people use these poppies each in their own way! So be sure to head over to the other participants blogs to see what they created! The other participants are Jo from Daisychain Designs, Molly from Beautifully Broken Me, Kristi from Curiosities by K, Fiona from TizDuster and Jennifer from Glass Addictions.
I know I can’t wait to see for myself what they’ve created!