I’ve been making jewelry like crazy lately to get ready for the holidays. Here are a few designs with prasiolite (green amethyst). #ashevillejewelry #gemstonejewelry #avljewelry #greenamethyst #hammeredjewelry
Here is a freshly hammered labradorite pendant. The hammered silver and wire-wrapping are Argentium sterling, which is less prone to tarnish than traditional sterling silver. This smooth chain has an adjustable slide that takes it from a choker to 24″. It’s called a “magic ball” adjustable necklace and has a smooth, square chain. It’s great for seasonal transitions because you can adjust it for any neckline.
This pendant is currently in my studio in Asheville’s River Arts District.
#nofilter #labradoritependant #hammeredjewelry #avljewelry #adjustablenecklace #adjustable
Jewelry Making Classes in Asheville,Wire-Wrapping Make & Take Workshops:
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping, Learn the 4 most important tools to have for wire wrapping, discover various sizes and materials for wire, and make two pairs of earrings or (earrings and a pendant). You’ll choose from various gemstones and a variety of beads to design your own jewelry. You’ll learn how to make a noose loop, how to use jump rings, etc. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 6-8pm or Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 6-8pm, $35
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. Discover more gemstone options and the addition of wrapping briolette beads(top-drilled). You’ll make two pieces of jewelry of your choosing (earrings and/or necklaces) here as well. Wed. Oct. 7 6-8pm, $35
104: Introduction to Hammering. Bring your hammer and steel plate (I’ll have some to borrow) to discover the basics of hammering. Explore heavier gauge wire and the implications on your design & materials. Leave with two hammered pieces. Tues., Oct 13, 6-8pm, $45 Register here:
Materials and tool usage are included in the price. I supply basic pliers, but please bring jewelry tools that you have if you’d like.
Wire-Wrapping Make & Take Workshops:
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping, Learn the 4 most important tools to have for wire wrapping, discover various sizes and materials for wire, and make two pairs of earrings or (earrings and a pendant). You’ll choose from various gemstones and a variety of beads to design your own jewelry. You’ll learn how to make a noose loop, how to use jump rings, etc. June 9, 6-8pm OR July 7, 6-8pm
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. Discover more gemstone options and the addition of wrapping briolette beads(top-drilled). You’ll make two pieces of jewelry of your choosing (earrings and/or necklaces) here as well. June 23 6-8 pm OR July 21 6-8pm
103: Making Connections with Wire. Learn how to use wire wrapping to connect various components to each other to make more complicated designs, including working with chain to create necklaces and bracelets. June 17, 6-8 pm
104: Introduction to Hammering. Bring your hammer and steel plate (I’ll have some to borrow) to discover the basics of hammering. Explore heavier gauge wire and the implications on your design. Leave with 1-3 hammered pieces. July 1, 6-8 pm
Make a Pendulum & Release Emotions. Co-taught with Jacqueline McLaughlin Come and make a pendulum that holds your unique imprint, and then learn how to use it in partnership with essential oils to release emotional blocks that you may be unconsciously holding on to that prevent you from living your fullest life. July 12, 4-6 pm
Materials and tool usage are included in the price. I supply basic pliers, but please bring jewelry tools (pliers) that you have if you’d like.
Classes are $35 each or 3 for $90. To register send amount via PayPal to JenAlyDesigns@gmail.com or email me and mail a check to Jen Aly, P.O. Box 168, Asheville, NC 28802.
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping. June 9, 6-8pm
103: Making Connections with Wire. June 17, 6-8 pm
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. June 23 6-8 pm
104 Introduction to Hammering. July 1, 6-8 pm
101: Basic Wire-Wrapping. July 7, 6-8pm
Make a Pendulum & Release Emotions. July 12, 4-6 pm
102: Wire-Wrapping Briolettes. July 21, 6-8pm
Come out of hibernation and learn how to wire-wrap jewelry! I’m offering level one and two classes in March and April at my new studio in the River Arts District.
Your specific ideas and desires for jewelry inspire my designs. I love learning about what you want and through collaboration,
empowering you to have it by creating it or referring you to another Asheville, NC area jewelry designer who can make it.
A significant percentage of the jewelry I have sold at shows in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and California have been customized designs. Often, those I make on the spot are variations of designs that I have displayed at that show. Customers pull together ideas from a design or two and their needs or what inspires them. This process of synergy with customers is so enlivening for me! Some of my favorite designs have resulted from this collaborative creative process. I love the end result when customers are delighted to see their idea and try it on and can’t stop looking at themselves in the mirror.
I’ve created a form to streamline this process more for everyone. This quick form helps us both get clear on the custom design you are looking for and takes into account not only size, color and other design features, but also which intention and meaning you want the jewelry to express. After I receive your results, I’ll e-mail you some ideas and photos based on your preferences, including your budget. You can answer the questions as many times as you want with yourself in mind or with a person in mind you’d like to give the gift of intentional jewelry.
Even with 150+ pieces of jewelry displayed at my booth, customers often ask for variations that I do not have. Sometimes I can make something on the spot and sometimes I mail it to them later.
Here are some examples of custom designs.
For more custom designs, visit my growing “Custom Designs” album on Facebook.
Earlier this week I had a discussion with a new jewelry designer about the importance of following trends. Someone at a gallery where her work is had commented that her work was not “trendy” and she was doubting her designs (even though they sell). I’ve designed (and sold most of) over 600 pieces in my first year and have been obsessively studying jewelry in galleries and small craft shows. I’ve seen massive metal necklaces that are so heavy I can’t imagine wearing them, and chinzy plastic that I prefer not to work with. But someone makes and sells all of these pieces and someone or even many people buy it it all. Sometimes I design something that I think is kind of ugly and then someone at a craft completely falls in love with it and that affirms both that I’m not designing for myself, and my mission to help women feel more authentically expressed and empowered…in whatever form that comes (to a certain degree at least.)
I’m not very good at staying inside any kind of box, but I do think the Pantone colors are fun and gorgeous. Color is a powerful healer and I even wonder if the Pantone colors of the year are the ones we need for the healing we are currently working on collectively. We love them and are drawn to them. So, I am focusing on how to use them in my own designs, which I infuse with healing energy and customize with different intentions.
In this year I have played around with the popular Pantone “Emerald” green and used emeralds to design a few pieces (see photo on right or the necklace here.)
“Dazzling Blue” is my favorite from the Spring 2014 Pantone color palette. The sketch of the dress with this color in the Pantone report by Sachin and Babi took my breath away. The mega-healing gemstone, lapis lazuli, is similar to, if not exactly this color. (And I just bought a dress this color too!)
My second favorite color is “Celosia Orange.” I look forward to playing with “Placid Blue,” and this rich orange and bringing the “Cayenne” into my designs.
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Yesterday I woke up with images of bracelets in my head and I rolled over to sketch four ideas. I had a chance yesterday to play with this one. I used silver plated wire instead of sterling since it was a first run and these brilliant lapis lazuli beads. I have more ideas on how to evolve this design and many beads that want to get in on the action.