With One Finding {a jewelry collaboration}

by Cindy on June 17, 2011



The beautiful Summer 2011 issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry has been on the newstands for a few weeks, have you seen it?  I’m excited to share with you a little about one of the articles you’ll find inside.  Late last year my friend Diane Cook, of Rosa and Josies, kindly asked if I would like to participate in a challenge with 5 other jewelry designers (oh would I!).  We were asked to create a piece of jewelry using one finding, the “Marianne” by Brass Bouquet. Oh the possibilities!  I hope you’ll have a chance to pick up a copy of this issue to see the end results by participants, Diane Cook, Diana Frey, Mary Jane Dodd, Riki Schumacher,  Molly Alexander, and Julie Pishny.  I am inspired by each and every design… it is amazing just how unique they all are.  Diana’s necklace incorporated 6 of the Marianne focal pieces!  Incidentally, if you visit Diana’s blog, you’ll be able to have a glimpse the entire article, page by page.


For my design, I was inspired by the book, French General:  Treasured notions.  The romantic and detailed focal really lent itself to something rather delicate.  After I decided how I wanted to work with the filigree opening (resin?  rivet something inside?), I was on my way.  I knew I wanted to incorporate an old piece of linen.  I thought of adding some embroidery stitches to the linen,  but instead opted for pretty teal blue seed beads, and a brass bead cap that I flattened to resemble a metallic sequin.  I riveted the focal to a piece of brass that I had etched and cut to shape.  With some sparkly Swarovski crystals, a floral brass button,  and sari ribbon from Mudhound Studio, the piece was complete.  I sent my package off to Diane in Texas, hoping it would be suitable to join the works of the other challenge participants.  Diane wrote a wonderful article which includes questions asked of all of the artists, as well as the interesting answers.   I was amazed at the exceptional results and so happy to have had this opportunity to participate.



If you happen to be a fan of Diane Cook’s beautiful jewelry like me, please consider joining us this September for the ArtBLISS retreat.  We are so excited that Diane will be making her way out East expressly to join us for a weekend of jewelry workshops.  Diane has a full line-up of classes, which includes Etched and Layered Cuffs, “Believe” Soldered Pendant Necklace, and Heartstrings.  Come learn from a nationally-recognized instructor, whose work frequently graces the pages of the prestigious Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.  We’re all going to have a great time, whether you can come for an evening class or the full weekend!


{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Lori Anderson June 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm

SO SO SO in love with this, and audible gasps when I opened the magazine and saw it!!!!!

Kerry June 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

jaw dropping on the floor gorgeous… the necklace, the stitching, the photos… all of it! i can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one!! that is one stellar line up of ladies. congrats to the whole group!!

Bonnie Jobe June 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Love the magazine and your contribution is lovely. It looks like copper on my screen and the turquoise is such a great compliment to the metal! It’s a stand alone piece!

kim June 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Oh My!!! Cindy this is just an amazing piece of art. Oh how I wish I could see it in person so I could take in all the details. It is beautiful–congrats to you and the group.

diane cook June 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Yes, Cindy your necklace is indeed a jaw dropper!! I loved it from the moment I saw it, and was SO impressed with all the work you put into it!
These pictures are so beautiful, my friend….perfectly captures the beauty of your necklace =)) Perfectly!!
Thanks for mentioning my classes at ArtBLISS. I am so happy to be coming to the east coast. It will be my first time in the DC area….and I am thrilled =)
Again, thanks for taking part in my little brainstorm of an idea. It WAS a BLAST wasn’t it?

cristi clothier June 17, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I got my copy of BAJ last week and have been drooling over it since then. Your contribution to the collaboration is gorgeous! The colors are so regal and rich!

Janet June 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

How Regal Cindy!! Just a Beauty!

sandi m June 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Have my copy ready to drool on!!
You did such a fantastic job.
And might I say that I think you ladies bought out the ‘Marianne’ stock as I couldn’t find it on the website!

sharon June 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Exceptionally beautiful Cindy! I have a copy and was in disbelief at how gorgeous the whole article is…..very very you! Congrat’s for the collaboration, a gorgeous piece and a beautiful publication!

Barbara Lewis June 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I think this was the coolest article! A very original idea and beautiful work resulted from the inspiration piece. I know you were in your element!

lynn gonzalez June 17, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Oh my!!!!!! so pretty what you did with a finding, I have to check out the rest of the jewelry,, Thanks for sharing..

Anne Lichtenstein June 17, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Very nice, I love the layered look. Your piece looks contemporary and antique at the same time.

sandra June 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm

i have a copy of this issue. beautiful work!

Melissa M June 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

totally gorgeous and so inspiring! I read Diane’s blog post already and was blown away. Haven’t gotten the magazine yet, but it sounds like the perfect thing to pickup on my way out to the beach!

Renate June 18, 2011 at 12:27 am

Congratulations, Cindy! Such a fantastic collaboration idea and the resulting necklaces were stunning! Love the layers and details of your piece, so sweetly romantic…

Carol Myers June 18, 2011 at 4:01 am

My favorite jewelry magazine always woos me with the work of some of my favorite jewelry artists/creators! Cindy, your necklace is stellar!!! The challenge was a success! Proud to know you, sister!!! I’ve drooled thru the mag. twice but it’s not raggidy and dog eared – YET!

Lynsey Brooks June 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

absolutely beautiful Cindy

Tracy June 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

I just picked up a copy yesterday and noticed your piece right away as I was going though it. I love the turquoise blue colors with the brass and all the intricate detail you added to each focal piece. Truly a work of art! I think your blog pictures show your piece even more beautifully than the magazine. Wow!

Gen Voss June 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

That is a very stunning necklace!!

Kayla June 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

All I can say is WOW!

I know this sounds funny, but you’d never know that finding was incorporated into your necklace because you did so much to it-They’re all gorgeous 🙂

Sally Anderson June 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Stunning, Cindy! It’s just gorgeous!

Melissa June 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Great magaine and beautiful designs!

Becky Caldwell June 19, 2011 at 12:54 am

Congrats Cindy! This is gorgeous! I must say that this was one talented collaboration! I need to go pick up the newest edition of Belle right away!….

hello gorgeous June 19, 2011 at 6:27 am

colours are AMAZING!!!


hello gorgeous xxx

Jeanette June 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

Cindy, your photography of your piece is much more stunning than the one in Belle Armoire. It really pops! It’s such a beautiful necklace. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Sandi June 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Congrats Cindy, what a beautiful piece!!!! Sandi

Brandi June 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Oh, Cindy – it’s breathtaking! The teal beads really pop against the brass – so lovely! And the fabric is such a nice touch.

Alice June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

I loved the article. How fun it must have been to collaborate with these talented ladies. Your piece is just stunning!

Judy June 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Cindy, your piece is stunning….there is so many lovely details! What a great collaboration to be a part of.

esther June 21, 2011 at 3:07 am

Congrats Cindy!! you did a FANTASTIC piece of art!!

Jennifer June 21, 2011 at 10:07 pm

It is stunning! Love the colors. Beautiful work Cindy! 🙂

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