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I remember being a little girl, around 7 years old, when my parents were invited to house sit for some friends. The home was nestled in the middle of plum orchards that stretched on as far as I could see. For some reason, before bath time, my step brother and I stripped down to our skivvies and got on our hands and knees in that dusty orchard. We were like animals tracking through the coolness of the powdery soil, running and hiding among the branches and fallen fruit. After what seemed like hours of play we tired ourselves out as Plum Faerie and Prince Pernicious. Disheveled and with plum stains on our palms and knees we showed up at the back door to the farmhouse, ready for bubbles and clean water.

This necklace is hand stained metal, polymer clay and Vintaj filigree and Vintaj guitar picks that are hammered, colored and sealed. Lucite flowers in shades of plums and greens dangle between the elements giving a feminine quality in contrast to some of the larger brass focal pieces. The colors and textures mirror my memories of the leaves and shadows of the orchards.

Morning Mist

I’m not sure how I came across this challenge but since I love aged metal and find myself drooling over Vintaj at my local craft store I thought this would give me an excuse to print out a coupon and get familiar with some aged brass and copper. I headed over to their Pinterest page to nail down some inspiration. I found this photo.

Photo Source: via Vintaj on Pinterest


It spoke to me, the warm and inviting mist of early morning. The best time of the day for walks in nature and pulling inspiration from a fresh new start. This reminds me of being younger, and walking the dogs in the morning before school. We lived on a hill and when I would just get to the top I could see in the distance, through the morning fog the houses on other hills far off in the distance, shrouded in their own morning mist. I would stand there with my wet hair turning to icicles, just staring while the dogs wanted to break my moment by pulling me down the other side of the hill. The hills of Sonoma County still call me back to witness this kind of majestic silence as they stand tall in the morning mist.

I used an amber hued ammolite for the center of the Vintaj necklace and adhered it with tinted resin. Vintaj natural brass wire became the base for the structure that holds the other brass elements together. Magnolia bead caps hug the tips of rutilated quartz drops and textured guitar picks in brass became petals for yellow chalcedony briolettes. To add a bit of detail I used a nail head rivet and domed the flat rivet decoration that came in the pack with nail heads. All the shades of these beads and the brass mirror the misty mornings on the mountaintop and the shadowy outlines of the trees in the distance.

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