Sunday, 18 January 2009

From Little Things, Big Things Grow

Musing upon the everyday miracles we take for granted, I thought of the mighty oak that originates from the humble acorn. The poignant song which provided the title of this piece literally came to me the minute these stunning AAA gem quality andalusite leaves arrived in the mail, and I couldn't wait to start work on this design.

Andalusite is a gorgeous gemstone, rich and subtle in colouration - here I have given this "oak leaf" its very own stylised "acorn". A hammered and painstakingly wirewrapped frame holds the leaf in place, while 2 strands of rectangular link chain are punctuated by one section of assymetrical handcrafted chain. An unusual lobster clasp - generously sized, and with provision for double strands - finishes the elegant design. I oxidised this quite heavily - in an organic fashion - and polished it back to reveal the wonderful textures in the detailed wire work.

This design was based on the song of the same name:

20% of the proceeds of the sale of this listing will be donated to Make Poverty History - a worldwide organisation dedicated to halving global poverty 2015, and you can see more pictures of this lovely design in ny Etsy store.