The history of
the circle goes back beyond recorded history. However, the invention
of the wheel was a fundamental discovery of the properties of
a circle. After that one invention, the world has never been
the circle has represented unchanging simplicity and infinite
symmetry. A form that has no beginning and no end, its shape
denoted eternity. As far back as 2000 B.C. the ancient Egyptians
made rings studded with stones to signify eternal life and love.
The stones, added one at a time in some cases, would signify
an event, as in the birth of a baby. These rings are the precursor
of the wedding ring. Through time, the circle has always represented
a never-ending circle of trust and the circle of
Symmetry in Motion Earrings
is another result of my inspiration regarding the amazing circle.
For those that are familiar with my work, this form has had a
strong voice in many of my pieces. For this design, I am using
faceted gemstones and CZs that are captured in a metal
bezel. The bezel is then beaded and embellished to form a drop-style
earring. The last stone swings inside a ring of beadwork that
is embellished along the edges. Peyote Stitch with increasing
and decreasing along with Picot and Netting techniques join together
to celebrate the circle.
Skill level: Intermediate. Must be
familiar with Peyote Stitch.
This is a 1-day
page by Mark Rutledge.
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