Thursday, February 28, 2013

talismans

Poor blog - I have abandoned you for a while ... I blame the lure of Facebook and the ease of posting over there!  The idea of jewellery having talismaic benefits is not a new idea at all. Body adornments to ward off bad stuff and attract good stuff are as old as - well as old as jewellery itself I reckon. Recently the eldest daughter, who lives far away, told me that she especially chooses to wear my jewellery when she feels the need for a little protection or comfort - thus bestowing amulet or talisman status on the stuff I have given her. I like to think that she is wearing a hug from me. That is because I am her Mum. - and I AM middle-aged ... So in light of that conversation and in deference to a new need to wear shorter necklaces (don't want a necklace trailing into your customers soup now do you?!), I made her a couple of newbies...




This one is made using an old brass curtain ring, brass form a tray and pewter. I used some belt components to create a chain which then joins onto some recycled cotton - made from an old tshirt. Reckon I mentioned those brass belt bits in my last post.


The sugar skully is made from a vintage spoon and my current obsession with plastic lids! I am chalking this one up to experience as I think it needs something to create a better skull shape ...



I think this one is my favourite - mostly because the dolls eye is brown and that is kinda rare in the world of dolls it seems.The base is a vintage spoon, there is a brass bit from a belly dancers belt there and I cut the little heart from an old brass tray. The key is actually a pewter casting of a vintage key and the hand is a casting that I made of a piece of 70's jewellery. Again I have used t shirt material to craete the hanging mechanism.

These were just for fun - a little bit creepy but who can resist a hat wearing skull? There are lovely long tassels hanging underneath so they have plenty of swish. I had a great time making all these pieces for my girlie and love the idea that she will wear them and think of me. Besides, she is drop dead gorgeous and acts like a walking billboard for my work - love and self-promotion - gotta be a winning combo don't ya think?

4 comments:

Emma said...

Wow, your production this February has been fabulous, I've only managed a couple of collage & 2 half small hangings, I blame lack of discipline... Love all your pieces specially the flattened spoon bits & leaf/feather & tooth shapes & beachcoming finds. Eyes & skulls freak me out!

Two Dog Pond said...

Your daughter is very lucky to have you making amulets for her. These are beautiful and fun -
PS I missed you!

Ro Bruhn said...

Totally unique Sue, your daughter will be very proud of her Mum.

Amanda said...

I like your version of a skull. Lucky Daughter.