Color Inspiration - Stormy Days
by Kristal Wick
This image of Storm Barra hitting Donaghadee, Northern Ireland struck me as so impactful, I had to make some jewelry inspired by this stark color pallet! Storm Barra was a December 2021 hurricane-force extratropical bomb cyclone in the northern Atlantic ocean with damaging gusty winds and heavy rainfall.
You can see the ocean turbulence here and it made me reflect on how designing jewelry can also be filled with turbulence but once finished looks great! Many times, as jewelry designers we can tend to be perfectionists-deeming everything "not quite perfect" as awful and unusable. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder my friends so just keep on plugging away. My personal experience is if you stick with anything long enough, you get better at it! Walk away from that work bench, sleep on it and when you return the next day it somehow doesn't look so bad. Just like this image of the storm, I'm betting the next day, the sun rose, the fishing boats went back out and all was well in Northern Ireland's little corner of the world.
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Kristal Wick's Color Inspiration - Stormy Days - , Wire Jewelry Design, Design, color inspiration stormy days
I needed to create a quick gift for my girlfriend's birthday. She loves rustic geometric types of jewelry which is hard to find. Simple, yet still a statement. These earrings checked off all the boxes. I combined bronze and silver wire with a tiny splash of blue crystal dangles. I love using Wubbers pliers to create interesting shapes and wanted the end result to be a bit on the wonky side, not perfectly square so you could clearly see they are handcrafted. You could make these out of any interesting combinations of wire colors and crystals. So quick and fun!

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Materials

18 Gauge Half Round Vintage Bronze Enameled Craft Wire - 21 ft
H5-N18HR-21FT
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18 Gauge Round Nickel Silver Craft Wire - 21 ft
H18-E18-21FT
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Sterling Silver Jump Ring Open (.030) 20ga. 9mm - Pack of 10
K11-30
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  • Price: $4.30
  • Gold Club Price: $3.23
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Silver Filled Headpins 24GA 1.5 inch - Pack of 10
S8-12
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  • Price: $1.58
  • Gold Club Price: $1.18
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4mm Light Sapphire 5328 Bi-Cone Swarovski Crystal Bead - Pack of 10
A13-129A
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  • Price: $1.57
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Sterling Silver Earwire w/ Coil 19.5mm - Pack of 4
K19-44
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  • Price: $2.40
  • Gold Club Price: $1.80
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Tools

WireJewelry - Ultimate Wire-Pliers Jewelry Pliers with Case, Set of 5
G15-20
  • G15-20
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  • Price: $170.72
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer
HAM-161.00
  • HAM-161.00
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  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
  • DAP-500.30
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  • Price: $29.95
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Chasing Hammer - Flat Faced with Polished Wooden Handle - Pack of 1
G3-13
  • G3-13
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  • Price: $11.97
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Wubbers Square Mandrel Pliers - Large
G2-1380
  • G2-1380
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  • Price: $42.95
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Wubbers Square Mandrel Pliers - Medium
G2-1370
  • G2-1370
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  • Price: $35.95
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  • Category: Design
  • Technique(s): Design