Friday, January 02, 2009

Quote the Raven...

While I was moving around one of the piles of books and papers in my studio, a book fell out from the stack I was carrying.  Initially I cursed.  But then I saw that it was an edition of Edgar Allan Poe short stories and poems and was happy for the reminder of how much I enjoy his work.  One of my favorite poems has always been, The Raven.  Below are some raven and crow inspired beads and pendants, and complimentary black components.

(Please note that not all of the artisan made goods are sold individually as components, but as completed finished jewelry pieces.)


The above set were all created by the same artist named Mike.  On Etsy, his seller's name is mrd74.  A) A bone resin skull pendant.  B) Bronze cast over black resin.  C) Bronze cast raven skull.  D) Cast bronze distorted Haida pendant.



A) Glass pendant from Etsy seller, Image Under Glass.  B) Altered Scrabbled tile pendant by Maureen of Blue Fingers Studios.  C) Victorian Jet Matte French Nailhead beads, double-holed from Marie of Beadbratz.  D) Carved coconut shell from Etsy seller, Breakeven.  E) Imaged transferred polymer by Etsy seller, Serendipity.

Fusion Beads has a great assortment of black and jet colored components that really compliment raven themed jewelry.  The above selection is just the tip of the iceberg.  There are over 17 pages worth of results for "black" from the search engine and even more for "jet".  A) 6mm Crystalized - Swarovski Elements Jet Hematite Round.  B)  Size 6, Hex Opaque Japanese Black Seed Beads.  C)  Bumpy artisan made lampwork glass rondelle by Bernadette Fuentes.  D)  Sterling silver raven charm.  E)  Funky Black Sassy Silkies Medium Swirl bead.  F)  Mystic Black Swarovski Crystal Pearl.

17 comments:

dustin said...

I LOVE your raven bead collection. How appro-Poe!

laurelmoon said...

Oh, wow. I have always loved crows and ravens (Crow is my nickname) and this is a fantastic selection of beads and inspiration! I have a couple of pieces already (I was lucky enough to get one of Anne Choi's crow beads). Thank you SO much for sharing these, I'm totally drooling!

Andrew Thornton said...

Ha ha ha! Dustin, you are so pun-ny!

Andrew Thornton said...

I think these are a great selection of beads and components! I wish that I could horde them all to myself. Alas, some of them, I see have already sold out since the posting of this. Hopefully they all went to good homes!

Hey Lauren, I feel lucky too to have snagged Anne Choi's raven and crow beads. I have them both and feel like the happiest little beader ever. They are magnificent!

Laura said...

Thank you so much for including my work in your collection :-). The Raven is one of my favorite poems (I had it memorized when I was a kid). I make the pendants from my original paintings.

peacockfairy said...

Great collection Andrew! I love Kerri Fuhr's work!!! And Anne Choi!

Vickie Hallmark said...

Thank you for including my electroformed bead in your incredible collection!!! Obviously, we ascribe to some similar affinities. I'll be checking all the goodies in detail.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Laura! It was my pleasure! Thanks for doing what you do!

Andrew Thornton said...

I love a lot of the work in this collection. You KNOW I love Anne Choi. I love them like my children. I don't have any children, but that shouldn't make that statement mean any less.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Vickie! I really feel honored to have been able to include so many different things from so many different people. Thanks for making what you make. I had a blast pulling everything together.

Jean said...

This is quite phenomenal. Frankly, I think this is a good basis for a literary article on the strong connection between writing and beading,authored by you. I know I would love to read it!

Jean

Cindy said...

Wow, Andrew this is an amazing, comprehensive grouping of Raven-themed beads/art. I enjoy Edgar Allen Poe as well, espeically with his Baltimore connection. Thanks for sharing this.

Judy said...

Amazing post - i can appreciate the time it must have taken to have done all of this - really sensational.

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Jean!

I'll think about it. Maybe I'd do it if a magazine asked me to. But as it stands, I don't think I'd be able to squeeze it in. Eek!

But I'll think about it. Then again, maybe I'd do it for you, but only for you, Jean Yates! (But of course I would request that you contribute to it! Ha!)

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Judy!

It was a pleasure to do, honestly. I like research. It's mind-numbing at times, but welcomely so. Sometimes it's enough for me to dive in and sink beneath the information and images of others, learning what I can and seeing what can be seen.

BTW, I love your blog! You're so lucky to work so closely with Michael deMeng's. I'm a secret admirer of him and his work. I imagine now that I'll be a secret admirer of you too, but don't tell anyone!

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Cindy! Thanks so much for your kind words! Most of it comes from Etsy.

I like Baltimore. I know some people who would huff about that statement, I think it's a very pretty place. I love all the brick.

kdemarte said...

What a great raven collection!
Thank-you for including my pewter raven!