Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Great Commission

Have you ever had anyone hand you something and tell you it was most precious to them & do what you will with it but please, oh pretty please won't you be careful?

What if that something was shiny & sparkly & dainty & oh yeah by the way, you were about to attack it with pliers & clippers to rip it apart!!!?!!!

I love working on commission orders!

I am also equally terrified of working on commission orders!
(love & fear go hand in hand right??)

{Idea No1}

Usually I play with the pieces for hours, sometimes weeks, before finally taking my pliers & moving forward to that moment of no return. The second where metal hits metal & there really is no going back because once I cut off this pin-back, your Grandma's special brooch will never be what it once was.
{Idea No2}

My hands shake as I cut & rip & deconstruct... shooting up a prayer...hoping it's resurrected, that its spirit is set free as I transform it & weave it into a new life. Praying I do it justice with my new creation....

I wonder how she wore the brooch?

Did she pin it on the lapel of a sharp suit
or use it to perk up a little black dress?

Did she only wear it for special occassions?

Did she meet someone of importance while she was wearing it?

{IdeaNo3, or is it 203??}

Continuing to weave my magic I hope & pray that the client will love what I did with her Grandmother's memory!

Taaa Daaa...

{The final Collage Necklace!!}


Thanks for coming along on this journey my dearest birds!

& an even bigger thank you to Adrienne for allowing me to share in her Grandmother's memory & jewelry box!!

You can read Adrienne's take on this adventure on The Green Scene in the Raleigh News & Observer blog right here!

If you're interested in commissioning a custom order please shoot me an email @ for more information!


v [ hobovogue ] said...

omg this is so gorgeous! amazing work.

<33 [v] hobovogue

Saving Capulet said...

super gorgeous!

Lori said...

Oh my gosh - gorgeous! I'll bet you were scared. Actually I did have a commissioned work a couple of years ago and was a total mess about restyling the stones. Quite the nerve racking situation. :)

Melissa said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful idea, both in aesthetics and in the memories it has for the customer.

S and O said...

You totally know your art...I thought option 1 and 2 looked very good -- but next to the final collage, there's no doubt which was the best choice! The final result looks simply wonderful!
You did such a great job, I can only imagine how terrified you must have been and how proud you must be now that its all finished and looking BEAUTIFUL :)


Jeanneoli said...

Beautiful! I would be sooo did an amazing job. She gave you gorgeous pieces to work with too. Very fun.

SewSweetStitches said...

omigosh you are so ridiculously talented! It makes me really wish I had an heirloom piece to send you! Guess I'll just have to be on the lookout at garage sales and flea markets from now on!

Fringe said...

Oh my word, it turned out magnificently, sweetie! She must be thrilled with the outcome.

I can just imagine how nervewracking it is to work on special family heirlooms such as those. At the same time, what an honor!

Well done and bravo!

Rachel said...

oh that would be so scary to have to alter someones beloved items
but i feel like most things that have the greatest reward require overcoming the most fear! lol
great job.
i wish i had stuff i could send you to work on :)

Kristin said...

I'm fairly certain that she was elated with the beautiful result!

Sherry said...

It's really beautiful, truly. I feel the same way when I am given a tattered photo or map. I'm terrified before I begin, but then the work just takes over.


alexkeller said...

haven't really tried this yet - just reading about it gives me the heebie jeebies!

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E said...

I never, ever, in a million years would have known how to put those beautiful pieces together without screwing it up. you did such a magnificent job. That's an incredible piece!

Kate said...

Dearest Jo, you're so rad. Have a great holiday weekend!!!