Posts Tagged ‘Hand Made’

march-photos-70 march-photos-70 Molded from paper thin shells, these polymer clay pendants are sure to catch a curious eye. Shades of deep Aubergine change into shades of bronze and copper. The lines of the original shell can be seen and felt as well as very small mica flakes that are embedded and adhered to the surface of the shell, front and back. The center of the shell has a large Swarovski crystal in the unusual shade of Tabac. The stains and mica are sealed to preserve color and protect the design from handling. I hand hammered red brass into swirling loops and attached copper balls with brass wire to them to give the piece a finished feel. The ear wires are oil rubbed bronze.  After carefully setting the polymer clay in the mold I had fun with painting stains and metallic finishes onto the clay and mica powder. Check my Artfire Shop to see if they are still for sale. I found these paper thin shells on the beach in Carmel, CA on my honeymoon nearly 13 years ago. I’ve never known quite what to do with them. Now that I’m designing jewelry these became a source of inspiration. At once I knew I had to make a mold of them and try my hand at making over nature in my own artistic way. The shells are so thin I was worried they would break in the molding process but they did not. Yeay! 

 

Pea Green Lily Pads  3 Turquoise, copper wire, red stones, Swarovski crystals and a bit of glitter Polymer Clay handmade lily pads with Swarovski crystal set in the center. Accented with dangling turquoise stones and complimentary Czech glass in turquoise set above the lily pad. Deep red Czech crystals and glass bead accent play against the shades of greens and teals. Copper wire is wrapped in around and through these dangles and is then distressed and buffed. At the very bottom dangles a teeny little Swarovski crystal in Palace Green and rests against a little asian coin drop. See my Artfire Shop to see if it’s still for sale.

SYMBOLISM:

Water lilies are symbolic of strength and transformation in a person’s life where that person has come from out of a dark place in life and into the light just as the lily rises up from the mud and breaks through the surface of the water into the light. The lily pad itself captures sunlight and sustains the plant. Water is symbolic of the emotions.

Turquoise: (5th Chakra, throat area) This yummy gemstone is representative of wholeness, communication and spiritual expansion. Especially good for spiritual integration. All parts are valid and make up the whole. On your spiritual journey it is important to integrate and validate all aspects of the self, even the parts that are perceived as negative. This stone is great for self-acceptance and self-forgiveness.

 

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These spikes originally from a sea urchin were found years ago at a little bead store in Santa Rosa, CA where I grew up. This was one of the first simple necklaces I made using seed beads and spikes. Part of my personal collection.

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A delicate shell dangles from the center of this necklace. Adorning the sides are crystals, shell, freshwater pearl and champagne colored glass chips and copper tubes with beads dangling from them.

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The abalone shell that dangles from the center is brilliantly colorful and picks up the silver-gray tones in the mother of pearl rectangles that dangle along the necklace strand.  Handmade beads of rolled paper in shades of old newspaper and stained tobacco paper alternate along the necklace length. Paper beads are actually from paper I purchased at a fine art store, not used for tobacco. I hand rolled them myself.

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Great for a day where you have a little wild animal inside that just needs to come out. A petrified wood centerpiece paired with two tiger-striped glass beads and small semi-precious jade stones in pink. The clasp is hand-made by me from copper wire and has a rose quartz stone dangling from it to add weight to the bracelet for proper sitting on the wrist. Part of my personal collection.

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