Monday, February 23, 2009
Here's the second necklace I finished in the last few days. I showed the crowned, winged face focal bead a while back, and decided to add the word 'W-I-N-G-S' as a dangle. When I started putting it together I wasn't thinking about Mardi Gras, with Fat Tuesday coming up. But the vintage freshwater pearls and the brass prayer box started me down a path of expressing emblems for the spring spiritual season.
The main focal piece reminds of of old cast iron decorations on the fronts of buildings, that get painted and weatherworn, with the dark metal showing through the worn-off color. The hook is handmade brass, attached to a bead that looks like a piece broken from a cathedral stone trim.
The image reminds me of some of the cemetary stones I saw in Ireland and Scotland, with the wings and crowns on them. The feeling of being out in the weather and worn, and probably touched by many hands over time.
This special little necklace is in the Etsy shop, if you want to see more photos.