Color Inspiration - Ice Skater
by Debbie Blair
Winter isn't officially over, it seems, until I have taken my daughter and at least one or two friends of hers to the seasonal ice skating rink that is set up outside of the mall in our town. It's fun to watch the preschool aged children holding onto the upside down five-gallon buckets in front of them on the ice, skating so precariously yet so bravely.
When I was a child of eight or ten years old, my parents would take my brother, sister, and I to a frozen pond just outside the city limits. We'd strap on hand-me-down skates and clobber along the ice in random fashion, certainly not making any graceful strides or loop-de-loops. After a couple of hours, we'd climb back into my dad's old pickup truck, bottoms sore from more than one tumble on the ice. But filled with happy spirits, having spent a magical afternoon on the ice in the company of Mom and Dad. Sometimes I still yearn for simpler days such as those.

Debbie Blair's Color Inspiration - Ice Skater - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration ice skater
Debbie Blair's Color Inspiration - Ice Skater - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration ice skater
This photo inspired me to make a metal stamped piece with the words "she is brave." I added a feminine touch by using dimple pliers to give the edge a serrated look.
The palette spoke "mixed metals" to me, so I added a silver star charm and created wire spirals from 24-gauge silver wire, then threaded them onto deerskin leather lace in a garnet color to match the girl's dress in the photo. A few beaded dangles inserted into the knotted leather adds a final touch to my "Brave Little Skater" necklace.

Cheers!
Debbie
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Materials

24 Gauge Round Half Hard Argentium .930 Silver Wire
H19-24H
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Copper Circle, 24 Gauge, 1 Inch, Pack of 6
MET-500.15
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Silver Filled Headpins 22GA 2 inch - Pack of 10
S8-14
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Tools

C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
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Verona Alphabet Stamp Set, Upper Case, 2mm, 27 Piece Set
PUN-735.00
  • PUN-735.00
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Steel and Wood Bench Block 3x3 Inch
G17-25
  • G17-25
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Brass Hammer - 1 Pound
HAM-456.10
  • HAM-456.10
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Dimple Pliers - 5mm (Red Handle)
PLR-726.50
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design