Dream “Small” The Making of an Art Pendant

I was thrilled to get an order for one of my movable necklaces last week. Someone from Texas who said they like to collect one of a kind jewelry. She said she was excited to own a piece since she fell in love. She assured me that she’d love the wee one and give it a nice home. Isn’t that what every artist wants? Needless to say, I was overjoyed with such a compliment.

So I thought I’d show you some of the “magic” that happens in the studio and the process I take with each piece. I sent these photos to the customer so she could see where I was in the process.

Keep in mind these little guys are tiny. I’m painting on backdrops that are one inch small.

art necklace, moveable pendant, gnome necklace

I first start off by making a box out of matte board. I make sure my box fits the element that I want to move. I need to leave room around that object so it can spin or dance around a bit. After I’ve created the box, I start painting the sides of the diorama. It’s really fun to see how paint can add a sense of depth to an otherwise blank canvas.

These are truly little worlds of whimsy I create…each one feels very different depending on the subject matter. It’s like setting a scene for a play or puppet show and I love making each necklace special.

I encourage you to play with something fun today and dream “small”. And some fun into your life. Whether it’s playing kick ball with your kiddos, eating a sloppy ice cream cone, or taking a moment to watch the clouds, take a quick breather just for you. It’s the small things that we often forget to do and yet are the most important!



Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

February 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

This is adorable. Do you see them as little dioramas? How do you feel about dioramas?

Jessica Rameyreply
February 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm
– In reply to: Emily

I adore dioramas. I was that nerdy kid in school who was thrilled when we got assignments for dioramas. And years before that I used cardboard shoe boxes to make mini houses. I especially liked saving plastic clam shell packaging to be used for bay windows.

How do you feel about dioramas? I bet you have a story to share!

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