Gold in all of its karats (10K,14K,18K,22K, 24K) is and always has been a precious material. Even today, gold is a high commodity. Valued highly all over the world, especially in the world of jewelry. Gold is commonly thought of as being outside of one’s budget. Yet many successful artists have found a way to incorporate gold into their jewelry designs while keeping within a budget.
But how do they do it?
Paraphrasing from Mary Lee Hu’s book, she found that when working with wire, she was able to use the “phoenix feather” (aka chain link fence process) to cover a great deal of space while using a minimum of materials. (pg. 49)
The effect Mary Lee Hu created can be easily seen in her work entitled Neckpiece # 18.
You too can take up a few pairs of pliers, a bit of planning, and completely transform a piece by adding composed wire forms! Mary Lee Hu found her inspiration from weaving, textiles, animals and so many other sources. Woven wire forms has become Mary Lee Hu’s hallmark. For more specific instructions on wire wrapping and weaving, check out Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet By Mary Hettmansperger
If you missed the exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum, you can always visit Mary Lee Hu’s pieces at the Facèré Salon in the City Center in downtown Seattle. http://www.facerejewelryart.com/
You can find more images (like the three pictured above) of Mary Lee Hu’s work on her Pinterest!
Tune in Friday for Leah’s Fun Copper Earring Project!