Thursday, May 21, 2009


As artists, we can be inspired by a beautiful sunset or a speckled bird's egg found beneath a tree. But more often, we find ourselves admiring the work of other artists. One jewelry artist whom I admire is Deryn Mentock. She is a prolific and imaginative jewelry designer who is not afraid to incorporate unusual items, like steel wire or pages of text, into her designs.

In my Charmsters group, we are 90 artists who challenge ourselves to create charms that we swap with one another. A hostess chooses a theme, which could be a holiday, a color, a jewelry technique, or a material.

Our latest swap was hosted by Maureen Baranov. She was so inspired by Deryn Mentock's text charms that she chose that as our theme. Fourteen of us examined Deryn's creations and came up with our own methods of making a text dangle. What was added to the dangle was our choice.

I used steel wire to make my round charms. They were backed with pages from a 1935 dictionary. My dangles are attached to a yarn tassel that is held by twisted wire and a jump ring. Will my tassels inspire another artist?

Here is how I packaged my charms. Check out my blog in a week or so after I've received 13 other charms from some fabulous artists.


Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Very fun! I love the colors in the last picture and the way you package them is fabulous!

Deryn Mentock said...

These are really did a great job!