Some of the fab jewellery created by my students on my last jewellery making classes of 2016. There’s always such a great creative vibe at the classes with everyone choosing their own beads and later on in the class, choosing designs to work on.
Everyone in the classes makes something different, unique and personalised.
copper wirework jewellery with beads, buttons and fused glass
My Venus collection is inspired by my love of ancient civilizations, their myths, folklore and art. The enigma that surrounds their beautiful artwork – discovered carved on stones, depicted on jewellery and other items – and what it symbolises.
I enjoy working with copper wire and feel an affinity to it. It’s the metal linked to my star sign of Taurus and its planet Venus. The elemental alchemy symbol for copper is also the planet symbol for Venus.
The name for ‘copper’ stems from the Greek name for the Island of Cyprus, ‘Kupros’ which was famous in ancient times for its copper resources and also for the goddess ‘Aphrodite’, who the Romans later renamed ‘Venus’.
Copper is one of the oldest metals in use today and copper artefacts have been found dating back to 8700 BC. It’s long been revered and used for its healing qualities. Copper has naturally a high electrical and thermal conductivity (and is still used today for electrical cables, amongst many other things).
“I’ve always been drawn to doodle squiggles, spirals, flowers and other shapes… and this lead in turn to me to creating them with copper wire to make jewellery. My Venus jewellery designs have developed over the years – mostly through trial and error -experimenting with different materials until I’m happy with what I’ve created, and they evolve further over time.” Samantha
A selection of my Venus copper wire-work collection will be for sale at my forthcoming events. Love to hear what you think of my new designs. Sam Rowena x
After hibernating during the dark and cold Winter, Spring has helped to rekindle my creativity and I’ve enjoyed getting lost in time, making some gorgeous new jewellery pieces. I’ve tinkered with some of my designs and experimented using different colours, beads, and buttons.
one-off vintage button earrings
lilac flower earrings
amethyst beaded copper squiggle necklace
I am chuffed to bits with these new pieces, it’s felt so good to get back to making and spending some time being creative. You can now find these beauties or similar pieces on my stall at events.
Thanks for joining me on my creative journey,
Sam Rowena, jewellery artist x
There was a great creative vibe at my embellished hair accessories and beaded flower wirework class at the weekend.
After teaching basic bead-embellished designs, we progressed onto using buttons, flower beads, diamonte, and then beaded flower designs in the afternoon. Everyone made something different – lovely and unique – experimenting more with their beads and buttons as their skills progressed during the day.
emma’s lovely experimental button and beads haircomb
jennifer’s lovely beaded flower aliceband
barbara’s lovely experimented using a button centrepiece
A super creative wirework class! April-October 2015 group and bespoke classes at my Lancashire studio, and a new classes website from summer 2015… more classes info