Color Inspiration - Chihuly Inspired Hearts
by Kristal Wick
I'm a huge follower and fan of the incredible glass artist, Dale Chihuly. I seek out his stunning creations any time I'm traveling or can visit a museum with any of his work on display. I've watched many of his videos and documentaries (Chihuly Over Venice is wonderful). And I had a serious spiritually life altering artistic moment when I saw "Fiori di Como" his 2,000 plus glass flower sculpture in the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas, in person. I'm not kidding, I laid on the lushly carpeted floor (clearly, I was not the first to do this) and unapologetically wiped away my drool marks as I departed over an hour later.
"I want people to be overwhelmed with light and color in some way that they've never experienced." -CHIHULY

Not only is his work unearthly beautiful but his path has been a struggle filled with pain - from losing his eye in a car accident when he was quite young to battling depression and maneuvering a bi-polar lifestyle quite successfully. It is said "Chihuly's ideas are big ones, often stretching the limits of his chosen media. He loves a good challenge."

His began his career with weaving. During a weaving class at University of Washington, he first incorporated glass shards into woven tapestries in 1963. Chihuly is not bound by the limitations of any one medium. A natural innovator, he continuously experiments with media and new ways to explore ideas and realize his vision. Over the years, Dale's unique methods have allowed him to create artwork in unexpected and unconventional ways. This is perhaps what I admire most about him and he has inspired me for years to reach further in so many ways.

Dale has been fascinated by neon his entire life and finally achieved success in collaborating with James Carpenter and incorporated neon into his organically shaped glass forms in the early 70's.
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When I was creating these heart wire sculpture pins inspired by the Dale Chihuly beauty shot shown above, I kept that in mind. Using very vibrant colored beads to imitate a neon effect and contrasting wire colors so the framework and weaving popped against the beads. Using 18-gauge wire for the frame and 26-gauge wire for the wrapping, these little babies kept me up at night wrapping, wrapping, wrapping so I could see the end result before bedtime! They are mighty addictive! I added a Swarovski crystal dangle to represent the sparkly movement quality of Chihuly's sculptures when they glisten in the sunlight. And attached a pin/pendant backing so they can be worn both ways.
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Chihuly Inspired Hearts - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration chihuly hearts
Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Chihuly Inspired Hearts - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration chihuly hearts

Materials

26 Gauge Round Magenta Enameled Craft Wire - 90 ft
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26 Gauge Round Green Enameled Craft Wire - 90 ft
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26 Gauge Round Blue Enameled Craft Wire - 90 ft
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18 Gauge Round Red Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
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18 Gauge Round Natural Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
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18 Gauge Round Amber Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
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4mm Light Siam 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
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4mm Aquamarine 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
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4mm Peridot 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Beads - Pack of 10
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design