Jeanne M Stives Jewelry
Welcome to Jeanne M Stives Jewelry.
My fine craft jewelry incorporates elements of sterling and/or Argentium silver, 14K gold filled, copper, brass, bronze, semiprecious stones, crystals, coral, ceramic, leather and glass using a variety of techniques including traditional wire wrapping, beading and stringing. I hand craft all of my pieces in a smoke-free home. Hand crafting jewelry makes each piece unique -- no two pieces are ever exactly the same! And I usually make one of a kind or few of a kind pieces.
Wire Wrapped Bracelet with Black Onyx Cabochon, Freshwater Pearls, Sterling Silver and 14K Gold-Filled Wire
Beaded Necklace with over 400 Swarovski Crystals, and over 100 Czech Crystals, Seed Beads (Round and Teardrop) and two Black Onyx Clasps
Green Island Necklace
Strung Necklace with Freshwater Pearls, Natural Quartz Crystal Points, Sterling Silver and Swarovski Crystals
Let me explain a little about the techniques I use.
Wire wrapping is using wire of varying shapes and diameters (square, round or half round, for example) and straightening, binding, twisting, manipulating and sizing a piece into its final design. There is no glue or soldering used in this technique. I gravitate toward a precise, structured design, however, as you will see, I force myself to occasionally create free-form, asymmetrical pieces. Dale "Cougar" Armstrong is my primary wire wrapping instructor who encourages precision and inspires creativity. She is extraordinarily generous with her knowledge and I am forever grateful for her teachings and inspiration.
Beading is connecting tiny glass seed beads in varying shapes (round, square, teardrop, tubes, hex, for example) with thread in different patterns to create a piece of jewelry. I have taken several beading technique classes as well as being self-taught. Getting the middle of a project to look right is always the easiest. I think the greater challenge is finishing off a piece so that the beads are secure and your structure is hidden.
Stringing is the simplest and most often the "gateway" technique! As the name implies, drilled beads are strung on a stringing material and finished off with a clasp to form jewelry. I string only on 49-strand woven steel wire using only sterling silver or 14K gold-filled finishing materials (crimps, wire guides). I prefer to use only sterling silver or 14K gold-filled or Vermeil clasps, however, there is always an exception or two.