Sketches

Henry Elfering Jewelry

My earliest memories are of a love of nature and a love of animals. I am intrigued with the idea of an inner connection between all living creatures. I am attempting to illustrate my thinking by exploring a visual connection in metal through the use of Zoomorphic imagery—one animal morphing into another. As I glide my pencil across the page, I find myself taken on a creative journey that allows me to explore magical myths and beings.

From time to time I will add sketches both of finished work and work yet to be born. I invite you to take this journey with me and step into my new world where my wearable art reflects the majestic grace of the natural world.

Dragon Pendant

Although this sketch has not made it to my bench yet, I like its sense of movement and simplicity. The dragon was inspired by a 1900 cement railing outside a New York Embassy. The angular shape above the dragon is a nod to the fire breathing dragon.  

Blue Flamingo Ring

A favorite of mine. This ring was inspired by the  Large beautiful blue Chalcedony cabochon. The blue reminded me of water and the small diamond reminded me of the sparkles seen on water. All of which lead me to the addition of the birds. I liked the idea of creating a new creature, the blue flamingo, and why not? You can see the finished ring on this site under rings.

Griffin Pendant

This image came about when I had someone ask if I had used a Griffin in my work. I had not, but the idea fit with my thoughts on connection and morphing. So the cross between lion and eagle became the starting point for this large silver pendant. Check out the final piece under Pendant/Necklaces.