Have a mentioned yet how in love I am with the Pantone color of the year, ‘Radiant Orchid’? Ok, I’m sure I have, but I guess I’m saying it again. I’m also really enjoying being back in the Bello Modo shop on the regular again after a couple of years….There is just such an abundance of beautiful things offered to work with. Never ending inspiration. I sure have missed this place!
As I walked through the shop with the ‘Radiant Orchid’ color in mind, my first ‘go-to’ was the new Swarovski pearl color, blackberry…what a rich color! And right in line with the colors I had in mind. I wanted to mix in some of the new Swarovski finish ‘crystal lilac shadow’ with them as well. I was off to a good start. Then I spotted one of my all time favorite things…..Ok, Ok – I know I seem to have a lot of favorites, but really…. this one is really one of my top favorites. If you haven’t checked out the Maple Leaf buttons on the website yet, do yourself a favor and do it.
I think a lot of us are drawn to nature inspired elements in our jewelry. These Maple leaf buttons are lovely to work with. Maple trees have been special to me since childhood,
as I spent a lot of time climbing the maple tree in our front yard as a kid. It draped it’s branches so nice & close to the ground for me to hop up on, even very young. I have great memories of waiting in that tree for my mom to return home from work, as she often parked under the cool shade it offered in the summer time. I’m guessing my mom could remember a time or two when I scared the dickens out of her jumping out of that gorgeous maple the moment she got out of the car.
Alright, back to the jewelry piece. I wasn’t planning on making a video with this one, but I came up with a clever way to make this maple leaf button hang really nicely as a pendant, and some things are just so much easier explained by showing and talking rather than writing up instructions. Check out the video where I show you the wire working technique for this one, and general instructions for the rest of the piece. You’ll find the list of materials I used below.
15” x Vintaj Bronze 22GA Wire