I made a most beautiful pendant for mother natures daughter using two carved, royston turquoise leaves.
As you may have already guessed I have been infatuated with bark lately, birch and alder, euc and pine as a person drawn to texture, I seem to have a needle focus on it lately and I'm seeing trees a bit differently, a little more up close and personal, I like the skins they're in.
The hinge in the center allows this piece to conform to your shape, it hangs beautifully on an adjustable chain that starts at 19 inches. It can be adjusted at any increment below, it looks best worn shorter.
A dendritic stone possibly Montana agate, I bought it from an elderly woman who inherited the rock from her father, in the business we call this "old stock" I love this scene, a stand of trees right where they would be found in a dry climate, in the draw of a hill, the crease where you might find a stream or an arroyo, water trickling down from higher elevations, snow melt.
I added a sterling seed bead on either side of the bail so the pice can travel a bit but this design wont allow the chain to swing around backwards though the clasp and elements are so pretty you might want to wear your hair up or short.
* I got my hair cut yesterday, good timing, it's hotter than a pepper sprout right now.
As a self confessed plant geek these dendritic stones appeal to me on a million levels, they look like pressed specimens gathered in the field, brought back to the herbarium for further examination.
The stone and birch bark element together measure 2.25 inches long. I only had Laura for a short time so I don't have this one shown on. The chain is 22 inches, it looks best worn long, swinging, long enough for you to enjoy it too, when you look down.
Though the stones often mimic plant life they are actually formed when minerals have seeped into the stone, traveled in the rock forming veins and arteries and as the rock hardens the patterns become frozen for all time.
I made a scaled down version of the first leaf design, creating a simple pendant using another stunning turquoise leaf. This one would be pretty worn in layers or alone. The leaf measures 1.25 inches, the leaf and stem are 2 inches across.
Oh gosh , this is becoming a novel! :)
(go get some coffee, I'll wait)
"Birch" size 8.25
I made something a bit different, this ring has a bit of a mid century modern feel, the turquoise is also royston.
The band is elegant.
* I made her a half finger ring for payment size 4 :)
A juicy Montana bean with my hillsides mirrored, so pretty.
I just had to make a pine bark band, simple, tiny, gorgeous. I'm vowing to make more of these little rings, I made them for my show, they were all gobbled up.
I'm imagining the kinds of arborial forests we don't have here but ones I have visited, thick, dark, moist, rich with mosses and lichens, m o s q u i t o s !!!
Forests that have trees with eyes and streams that talk, you find yourself constantly looking behind you but no one is ever there and it is easy to see why so many frightening fairy tails and legends take place there.
I love them.
I like a stone with a view and this is another familiar scene, sage in the foreground, hills rising behind. I added a scribble texture to the frame around the stone, because I wanted to.
A dendritic tree rises in the waterway perhaps a thirsty willow hoping to be quenched.
Science and art, art and nature, it doesn't get much better than that now does it. Wow. thanks for sticking it out, this was a long one.
Have a superterrific day, I will be here til noon then meeting a dear, long lost friend for lunch but I will check mail and convo's when I get back. Reserves are taken in the order they are received. Don't worry if you loose out I have more stones and will try to accommodate you. Most of all thank you for stopping by, for your words of encouragement and for being so wonderful to me.