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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Diana Kirkpatrick-Art You Can Wear | My Thoughts on Jewelry & Design

Diana Kirkpatrick-Art You Can Wear | My Thoughts on Jewelry & Design: Designing Woven Silver Jewelry Posted on March 25, 2012 by Diana Kirkpatrick at

The bracelet on the left is woven from fine silver. The Swarovski rhinestones are set in sterling silver and added one at a time as the weaving progresses. I love designing these pieces, doing the weaving, and constructing pendants and bracelets with woven accents and details. These jewelry pieces sort of evolve from the basic structure I drew out in my design layout and this evolutionary process delights me. I sometimes alter the pattern a bit to include a special element or stone that seems to belong in the piece. Most of my pieces are small pendants wrapped in a woven band so that they often appear to float in their setting. I’m constructing the woven bands from 18-20 gauge fine silver and the weaving is done with 26-30 gauge.

As my hands have become more arthritic I’ve been working with elements under 14 gauge. My most recent designs include woven areas within a design like the cross shown on the right.
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