This necklace with the infinity symbol is part of studio tour preparation from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Studio Tour Preparation  Takes Beads, Metal and Moxie

My studio tour has been nearly nine months in the planning. It’s now less than five days away.

Part of my prepatory work included taking metalsmithing classes throughout the spring and summer. Not only did those studio hours expand my metalsmithing horizons, but they helped all other parts of my jewelry work.

This sterling silver pendant with mixed metal detail is part of the studio tour preparation by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

© 2018, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Sterling silver pendant with mixed metal detail

 

In beading, a familiar field for me, I learned new techniques Including kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding.

This copper kumihimo necklace is part of the studio tour preparation by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

© 2018, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Copper kumihimo necklace

As an experiment, I  incorporated kumihimo with crochet and loved the result. 

This multi-strand crochet necklace with Kumihimo is part of the studio tour preparation for Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

© 2018, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Multi-strand crochet necklace with kumihimo

My time in the studio (in addition to stringing) included time playing with new types of clasps including a button one shaped as one of the most common symbols in the world, hands. To add to the challenge, I made my necklace into a three-strand presentation.

This triple strand blue pearl necklace with a button clasp of hands is part of the studio tour preparation for Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

© 2018, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Blue pearls and Hands

Because blue is one of my most favorite colors, I built a necklace around a blue infinity symbol made of lapis. The blue daggers on either side of the symbol are tumbled glass that I drilled in one of my first experiments with a diamond drill bit. The scarab on the side and the vintage trade bead across from us are additional symbols. Or, maybe they are treasures.

This necklace with the infinity symbol is part of studio tour preparation from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

© 2018, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Infinity and Beyond

Each necklace I’ve created for this show is special. I can’t wait for you to see all of them.

Here is a story with an emphasis on vintage trade beads and more blue.

This story with trade beads and blue is part of the studio tour preparation by Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

© 2018, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Trade beads and blue story

Studio Tour Details

Join me for my eighth Sandia Heights Studio Tour Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16. Download a pdf brochure or a link to Google map.