Thursday, November 26, 2009

WOW! Serenity was given a Daily Deviation!! I'm so honoured!

"She has taken wire wrapped jewelry and turned it into something beautiful and unique, yet still reminiscent of ancient designs. Many of her pieces are very intricately executed, and yet maintain a very simple beauty of form and line." -sidneyeileen

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Now available in the UK!

Yes, Inspiredbylegend has crossed the channel into the Land of Green Ginger, Tynemouth England!
Four of my pretties have travelled all the way to Puddytigger's shop!
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Fairy Godmother Ring

I promised to do this commission for my Fairy Godmother, but time got away from me - I finally managed to finish it today! It doesn't do to make your Fairy Godmother angry;)

Luscious Grapes

Made a pair of lovely luscious deep purple earrings with gorgeous Bali bead caps!
They are still available in my etsy shop!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Deviant art project feature!:-D

Wow, I suddenly found out my 'Lothlorien' pendant was featured on Deviant Art Projects!

Here's a picture:

Monday, August 31, 2009

Goddess Pendant

A good friend celebrated her 50th birthday and I wanted to create something special for a present: a Goddess pendant! The design was a little tricky because of the spiral - but it worked out well in the end, I think!
Funny coincidence: when she held the pendant up in the sun to see it, a butterfly alighted on her arm...:)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Inspiredbylegend international

just shipped orders to Belgium and Germany - Inspiredbylegend is truly going international!:-)

Monday, July 27, 2009

An amber and silver commission

Here is a new set I made today for a client:

a Pagan Lore wire ring, an amber necklace and matching silver and amber Whimsical earrings.

I think I'll make another for myself:)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New jewellery!

Finally I could tear myself away from the computer (and the harp) long enough to make some jewellery again!

Here is my latest treasure.
The gorgeous beads are by monaslampwork. They have a lovely clear amber base and darkish blue-green overlays with golden flecks, so I chose amber and labradorite beads to accompany them. The round silver beads and filigree beadcaps are Bali silver, as well as the toggle.
The wooden beads came with the lampwork beads, and I love the combination of earthy wood and luxurious silver! A nice contrast.

I call it 'Golden Sands of Time'.
Now for sale in my Etsy shop!:)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Crystal Ring

Oooh, I never thought it was going to work—using an undrilled double-terminated crystal in a wire ring.

But as a was working on it, the wire seemed to shape itself and when I stopped thinking, the ring took shape easily;-)

This one was commissioned and is sold, but I still have a similar crystal in stock. I'll make a ring like this one in the near future, if I can find the time! I'll let coincidence decide the ring size;-)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lothlorien leaves!

Well I had the 'flu this week so I had some time to make jewellery again! I had been waiting for an opportunity to use these gorgeous peridot briolettes, and I finally had a fit of inspiration.
I always have music playing when I work, see the video that helped create these beauties:

These earrings would look great on any wood elf, dryad or faery inclined human!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Filigree earrings

Phew, finally finished these earrings I'd been working on since december!

The design proved more tricky that Id anticipated, and to make matters worse, I had bought some 26 gauge silver from a different supplier than usual, and it went brittle and broke when I so much as looked at it...aaaaargh!
They nearly went flying across the room on more than one occasion.

But the hard work paid off!
I'm keeping these babies for myself, than you very much;-)

But I'll make some more for the website and my Etsy shop....maybe...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ancient times...

To remain in ancient times...

This is a copper brooch I made recently, inspired by medieval penannular (can you say: pennanular?) brooches that were worn just about all over Europe in the Middle Ages. They were very popular in the first centuries AD in Ireland. Pennanular means 'almost round'. The design is as simple as it is brilliant: you stick the pin through the fabric, push it through the opening and turn the brooch, and it is caught in the fabric safe and sound!

I love the curvy lines, and the way the whole shape reminds me of the Vescia Pisces and a bow and arrow...

This is a commission piece, but I'm soreley tempted to keep it for myself! ;-)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Celtic Inspiration

This weekend I was inspired by the Dutch Celts!

These grave goods from Drente in the Netherlands are on display in the 'Hunebed Centrum' in Borger: gold and silver torcs, amber necklaces found in graves from around 450 BC...

The craftmanship is amazing, especially considering they were made about 2500 years ago.

I wonder what they will inspire me to make next.
Click on the pictures to see them in detail!

The funny thing was, that the dolls in the Celtic exhibition wore exactly the same moccasins I bought at in California some weeks ago...small world!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Scrumptious Spinelles

Some gemstones 'speak' to me more than others. For instance, amethyst will always be among my favorites. In my late teens, I liked black onyx (but at that time, I liked anything black;) And I never cared much for hematite. Just doesn't do anything for me.

Recently I have found a new favorite: the spinel. I never knew it came in such an array of colors!
It has a lovely clear energy when faceted. And it has a fascinating history!
Did you know that the famous 'Black Prince's ruby' in the British royal crown is actually a red spinel the size of a chicken egg? Click on the picture for its amazing history!

So, today I made this pendant with some lovely shiny spinelles ranging in color from silvery gray to soft pink. Oh, so romantic!:-)

Copper Spiral Ring

Another copper commission piece done! I'm on such a creative high, I was even making jewelry in my dreams tonight...:-)
Spirals are a recurring theme in my jewelry...I like them not only for their shape, but also for the archaic feel and symbolism...the theme of life, death and rebirth, the spiraling path is a motif you see in prehistoric and celtic art across Europe.

The gold necklace in the picture is a stunning example of this: it dates back to the 12th century BC and was found in a tomb at Lakithra, Kefalonia (Greece). I saw it in the Argostoli Archeological museum and was amazed by the craftmanship. It's so delicate and perfect. Click onthe picture to see it in detail. Wire artists will immediately recognize the double coiled spirals still used in designs today (the 'Egyptian' coil)!
Click on the Newgrange entrance stone for more on spirals in prehistoric art!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Big commission

Well, the size at least...
Just finished this copper set for a lovely Dutch lady who wanted something BIG - she got it! I hope it doesn't turn out too much...the pendant is nearly 3 inches long and not very subdued. But then, neither is she;-)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Harvest Jewels Too

Well, the sky is still gray, but I managed to take some better pictures of my latest creation...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Why blog in English?

If you've noticed where I come from, you might wonder: why does she blog in English? Why not write in your native language?
Well, for one, I've felt very comfortable expressing myself in English from a very young age on. I've even written my entire first novel in English. THEN translated it back into Dutch, so I could send it to a Dutch publisher. I'm that weird.
Most Dutch people speak English and manage to write in English more or less anyway, and as the wire jewelry world currently consists mostly of the US and UK (with a very few exceptions), the choice was quickly made...come on, you Dutch jewelry makers! Get wrapping!
But don't hesitate to send in a comment in Dutch! Or French! Or German! Or Swedish! I don't promise I'll respond in like manner, however...

Harvest Jewels

The weather is gray and overcast today, a perfect time to make more I did!
My lovely new Harvest jewels don't photograph well in this weather, though...but here's a sneak preview anyway!