I pledge allegiance to the power of SPARKLE! From chunky crystal drops and oversized statement pieces to delicate drop necklaces and more, I’ve been collecting all of my newest pieces for a city-centric shoot like this!
Playing with asymmetry, I experimented with mismatched chains, pearls and placements, making for a “kitchen sink-chic” mood! Charms and talismans are really having their moment now, and my preferred icons are always celestial-based. Mini moons, sparkling starbursts and tiny twinkles weave their way through chunky metals and finer findings. The Guardian Angel of Glitz makes an appearance, watching over her brood of baubles. I found a few vintage metal castings a while back, and thought they’d be great to decorate DIY jewels with. I glued this particular one to the flat front of a large faceted crystal. You can experiment with gluing other charms or flatback cabochons onto crystals for a 3D effect – I also did it below with a few smaller crystals in the celestial pieces, and love how it gives extra dimension!
Herkimer diamonds provide that perfect raw stone look, and mix really well with freshwater pearls. Herkimer diamonds are a little pricier than other gemstones (and NO, they are not real diamonds, but quartz!), but I totally recommend adding them to your designs….I got mine online here! Same with clear quartz chips – when they reflect sunlight, they have an icy, glasslike appearance. Kind of like shards, just a *tad* bit softer, but providing that perfect edginess! I get my quartz beads online here.
Chainmaille is again my ride or die, tried and true technique that I try to work into anything and everything I can. F*ck the dated, medieval designs using clunky metalwork – 2020’s contemporary chainmaille is poppin’ and packs the perfect punch of heavy metal moodiness. I say layer one chunky choker (Byzantine chain is my favorite, you can find a lot of great tutorials on this easy weave online!) with other dainty necklaces for a play on scale. Adding charms softens the look a bit so you don’t look like you’re stepping onto the set of Game of Thrones. Or, if that’s your preferred vibe, add a large dragon charm ≧◡≦
And finally, let’s talk about this dreamy location! I’ve never seen the Brooklyn Bridge this empty – but luckily, it provided the playground of my grunge glam dreams….. With the occasional iconic yellow taxi passing by and honey-colored afternoon sun, to the peeling paint and weathered textures, there were definitely backdrops o’plenty. Quite possibly my favorite accidental find, I spotted the cherry red heart padlock on my walk back. Perfect photo-op.
More pieces to come for the extension of this collection….. In the meantime, shine on and stay crafty!
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