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Today over at Love My Art Jewelry there is an artisan jewelry blog hop where designers make something in honor of the late (but always ahead of his time) David Bowie. I chose my inspiration based on the fantastic Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, in which Bowie stars as the Goblin King, reining over this huge crazy ass maze. The maze of illusion that Jennifer Connelly’s character, Sarah, must navigate in order to bring herself and her baby brother home safely, and ultimately pass through childhood into a more young adult version of herself and her own power in her world. Throw in a few goblins, some deep, dark mystery and some fantastic outfits and hair. Bowie, the ever original artist who created and recreated himself was never short on style and this movie was no exception.

I started with a necklace and as I went, a pair of earrings morphed into existence as well. (Follows the magic of the movie theme, I suppose.)

The main feature of the necklace is Opalite glass which represents the magical crystal balls of illusion Bowie’s character, Jareth, used to tempt Sarah in the movie plot.

I knew I just had to pay homage to that fantastic mullet of his… that hair just slays me. Full of awesome. So, hair it is. (Not mine, from a horse.)

The earrings feature sterling silver ear wires with patina… wisdom comes with age. lol. And some handmade polymer ‘faux yak bone’ beads which represent the instinctual nature within all of us. Blood red cherry Czech beads below open brass flowers, crystals that reflect light, and of course, that wild hair again.

The necklace wrap itself is made of banana silk… no, not an homage to Jareth’s revealing lycra pants, but instead, Sarah’s dress. Her extravagant beaded, white dress whispers of innocence, fairy-tales and the opportunity to enter into mature feminine power. And lastly, the red flowering blossoms symbolize the shift from childhood into womanhood. This is eluded to in the movie in many ways, although not tackled directly. This quote from an article over at Natural Shaman by Cat Stone sums up the underlying message.

“Women do not learn magic, women are magic.  It is nature, it is our birthright, and we should be forever thankful for the opportunities our menstrual cycles bring us.  Women are Natural Shamans, they just need to understand and use the power they hold within.”

This inner power, something that Jareth deceptively assists Sarah in discovering as she navigates the differences between the illusion of power and the power of illusion. By the end of the movie, Sarah chooses to marry her own intellect with her intuition (symbolized on the necklace by the red scarab holding power in the third eye) as she steps into a larger version of herself. In true Bowie style, his character then changes form into a beautiful white barn owl and watches Sarah from a distance, invited back into her world only upon her choosing. I love the significance of Barn Owl as it has been known for bringing what is in shadow out into the light. Tapping silently into hidden wisdom under the feminine influence of the moon.

And since I just completed a recent drawing of a Barn Owl under a blood moon, I will add that here too. I really had no link between this post and that drawing, but it does seem to fit perfectly doesn’t it?


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I always do this. I have a bad habit of biting off more than I can chew. My inspiration is bigger than the amount of time I actually have and it often takes more time than I initially imagine. I was going to try out a whole bunch of clasp styles and ran out of time with just doing some polymer. I have gotten so MANY inspiring ideas from the lovely ladies at Love My Art Jewelry over the past month so there’s lots to play with in the future. Well, onward with clasps…

First, I started with some antiqued neutral tones which I’ve been wanting to play with for a bit now. Two of the clasps are little knobby deals that literally screw together (gotta drill a hole through the clay). I tried my hand at an “S” shaped spiral on the bottom, loop through in the middle and regular “S” for the top with two attachments which will probably have a “Y” chain between them. I’ll have a different view at the bottom of this post.

On this big puppy I used a copper fitting and tilted it inward with my dapping block before securing it into the clay. The colors are really washed out but in real life the teardrop is pinks, lavender and bronzes.  The translucent crystal is a toggle with a “Y” chain attached to the two ends of the copper. Ugh, my photos don’t capture this well at all. I was in a rush. Oops.

This little green guy has garnets and teeny sea urchin spines set into the clay for fun. Eyelets give strength to the holes and add a design element. Just a little swirly doodle for the “S” clasp.

I put these together to save space since they are all rather similar. Lots of playing with twisting metal here. The pink one has the metal going all the way through it like a toggle but has clasps on the ends. Not sure what I’m going to do with these yet.

This guy was just weird. I wanted to press metal into the clay and it kind of works but not really. It looks better in person but it’s still just too clunky.


This one is up to show you my total mistake. It was supposed to be a magnetic clasp with these great, strong magnets. Number one, I’d have to put them lining up in opposite directions in order to make it work with jump rings going through it. Number two, the magnets (were not baked in the oven) just don’t seem that strong once in the clay. It’s odd. So, oh well, it was a good experiment.

This one I like in person. Ugh, my photography is just awful here…sorry. Just isn’t capturing the texture correctly today. There’s a tiny little crystal in the top that has nice depth and the crusty looking clasp is actually hammered nicely and has a nice spiraling effect when looked at out of the polymer clasp holder.

All in all I played in ways that I wouldn’t normally do if it weren’t for this blog hop challenge. I learned that I should probably sketch out some designs before I go twisting clasps around. Spontaneous twisting is not my forte. I enjoyed the creative process and I have gained some insight into my strengths and weaknesses as a designer. Next time I have a chunk of time to myself I’m going to just play with metal and see what I come up with.

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