Thursday, April 30, 2009

Found on Etsy--Acrylic Jewelry

So it probably comes as no surprise that I've always been a little smitten with acrylics. Not because I've ever made anything with acrylics, or long-admired all things acrylic, or even ever discussed acrylics, but because I'm just a little bit smitten with ALL materials. I love stuff. Especially stuff that can be made into other stuff. Even more especially, specifically-purposed stuff where someone invents whole new uses for it's stuff-ness.

I'm not suggesting that any of these artists are the reinventing the stuff-ness of acrylics, but they are all using the stuff in a way that I really dig.

lrjewellery doesn't yet have lots of pieces listed in her shop, (of course, neither do I for that matter!) but the few there are eye-catching and extremely well made. I'm particularly jazzed by these 'stardust sparkle earrings.' (above) The shape and finish are both very appealing. After re-reading her description I realize that I was wrong about the stardust effect. I thought it was tiny trapped air bubbles, but the effect is actually created with laminated acrylic and silver dust. This seems to be an even more complicated and innovative process than I had originally thought, so now I'm that much more entranced by the mystery of it all. With just a few listings, her shop manages to show a great eye for detail and a broad range of ability and expertise. I look forward to seeing what she'll post next.

What most intrigues me about lsette's work is that I can't figure out how it's made (either!). Not that I've ever worked much with acrylic or casting or laser cutting or any of the techniques I think might be employed, but I kinda pride myself on process and knowing a little something about lots of them. I just can't wrap my head around the processes used here. I'm guessing that she (laser?) cuts the pieces from varying thicknesses of acrylic blocks, but I'm not really sure. Anyway, I like the end result and of course I'm in love with the empershand (see her description) in all its forms. I seriously want to own this necklace. MMMMM. It's typealicious.

I like the playfulness of PutamayoDesigns earrings. The clean, crisp, laser cut forms are just so inviting in that slightly shiny, jet blackness or pearly whiteness. I particularly like these retro-y leaf shapes and these remind me of my youth. Ahhhh youth.
I also like their silly 'turn (me) on/off' earrings. I'm not quite sure how they get these tiny little red pieces stuck to the tiny little clear pieces, but I'm sensing a kindred crazy-detailed soul.

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