Autumn is just around the corner and I could not be more excited about it. I love the rich hues of orange and purple and red, the coppers and bronzes and the moodiness and the smells.
This is when Paul, Sammy and I usually take some time off to visit with family and friends. Our vacation will start next Saturday, the first day of Fall. Until then, it's full speed around here, work ,work work, and sneaking in as much creative time as possible. Hence the two bracelets here. Very autumnal, right?
The one with the bronze snail is really special: I got a kiln and some bronze clay and I have been trying to make some interesting bronze clay components for my jewelry. This is the very first piece using that. I must say that working with a kiln is a bit harder then I thought it would be, and most of the things I put in there came out in dust form. Hopefully I will get better at it. But I was very happy with my shiny bronze snail shell that came out with a gorgeous rainbow patina and made good use of it in this piece.
The second one with the Buddha center piece is pretty neat too. The Buddha was part of a pendant that Paul's cousin gave me when we visited her last year. She had a giant stash of antique beads and components and let me take whatever I could use. That's like giving a magpie shinies! You can imagine my delight.
I took the little Buddha and it sat in my treasure chest for a year. Then I read a really cool article on how scientists found a Buddha statue in a Medieval Viking settlement in Sweden. The settlement being a farm actually. Apparently the Viking farmer was fond of art in general, because the statue was found with various Byzantine and Egyptian objects. And to think that the Vikings had time to make it to America too!
Anyhow, the idea of a Buddha in a Medieval setting intrigued me, and so I built this little bracelet around it. Stone wall like structure with Tila Beads, rusty bronzes and shimmery greens. A muted palette that I found suitable for such an idea.
And now that I have made so many things without eyeballs, I must say I am itching to get back to making something that has a bunch of them. But at least two, not matching of course, that would be too easy...
I will share it before I go on vacation, if all goes well.
Happy Autumn Everyone!