Design Idea E10Y Necklace and Earrings
by Bryan Nealy, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Spike Finished Jewelry Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a spike as, "one of a row of pointed irons placed to prevent passage." It's true, spikes work great as a passage deterrent. However, since spikes aren't really needed often in modern times for blocking passages, they've assumed a new purpose: fashion accessory. In the mid-1970s, a youth subculture movement was born that would revolutionize music, fashion, art and politics: punk. The punk subculture was centered around loud, aggressive underground music and an anti-establishment ethos. Young people around the world who wanted to break free of social restraints gravitated to the music and style of punk. Punk music gave them an outlet to write, sing and dance. Punk style gave them a way to tell the world that they are an individual, free from fashion norms.

Punk style was a not-so-subtle way of destroying what most people were wearing, and creating something new from the remains. A few of the items that epitomized the style in the '70s and early '80s were torn clothes, safety pins, patches, studs, spiked/colored hair, leather jackets and spikes. Spiked bracelets, necklaces, boots, belts or any article of clothing that spikes could be attached to were a main feature.

While the original spirit of the movement has receded, elements of the look can be found all over the place. Just like many other trends in fashion, punk style has made a recent comeback, and spikes are hot. One of the prevailing ideas of punk is a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to fashion. Design idea E10Y presents a great opportunity to test your DIY skills and create an aggressive, spiked necklace and earring set.
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