Saturday, November 28, 2009

Time Flies, Winging to End of Year

I've said many times that I'm intrigued by watchworks and wings.

But I don't like to take apart an antique pocketwatch.

So I decided to create my own, made up version that I can use without guilt.

This one has wings, so I'm thinking it's a symbol of how "TIME FLIES" or "TEMPUS FUGIT" that you see etched into old watchworks.

I got started making the dangle, using all my own cast pewter pieces, and before I knew it I had a finished necklace.

I took some of my special, hand dyed cotton and wire wrapped it, to use as part of the necklace.

It gives it a funny, worn and very vintage look.

The metal piece in the front, with the watchwords and wings, came from a dream I had the other night. I was dreaming about time, clocks and the passage of time. And I saw these watchwork pieces, with the wings on the side. The central focal piece, the winged watchworks, is all one piece, like a curved amulet shape.

Then I made the tiny little charms for the dangle, including a coppery-round gear looking piece, and a leaf scroll that reminds me of a pendulum.

I used mixed metals in the necklace, with copper, pewter, brass and dark patina bronze, there's a little hand charm (for the "HANDS OF TIME") holding a brass prayer box. And a bronze antiqued bird charm (for "TIME FLIES" with a long brass chain and dangle.

The necklace has a large handmade brass hook that lets the necklace length be adjusted, to shorten for a choker or lengthen if the neckline is lower.

I really like the way it turned out. It has a very vintage fantastical look, like in my dream.

I hope someone likes it as much as I do, and finds it for a special gift - it's very unique and one of a kind.

I know the watchworks inside aren't truly real like a clock, but how many clockworks with wings do you see? Other than the ones I see in my dreams, of course...


mairedodd said...

i love this! the watchworks are fab ~

Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

The timepiece and necklace are amazing. Love it!

I just saw that I won the connector! Yay! Thank you!!!

SummersStudio said...

Lynn, this is quite extraordinary! I love how you took elements from your dream and mixed them all together in this deeply layered piece. All the parts work so well together. Well done!

Alice said...

What an amazing piece! I like that you made your own watch parts!

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

this one is way cool! great work

sasha and max said...

Amazing work Lynn - your attention to detail is fantastic, as is your imagination - a gorgeous piece

Marie-Aimée said...

gorgeous art work !!