Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Forget Me Not Bracelet...

Here's a new bracelet that I created that I absolutely adore. I love how everything came together and how the warm tones are just right. The bracelet is supremely comfortable to wear and just drapes around the wrist seamlessly. (I know it's tacky to gush about your own work, but I'm just a smitten kitten with this new piece!)

I used Swarovski crystals and crystal pearls from Fusion Beads, brass cable chain from Ornamentea, a shibuichi toggle from my family at Green Girl Studios, and a bronze charm I made. This was a really quick project, but could easily be added to and expanded upon. (Some Candice Wakumoto charms might work nicely with it, especially the skull cross charm.)

Above is another shot of the bracelet. Being with my family and thinking about my brother has prompted me to think a lot about what remains. What remains when someone's gone – a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a year, a millennium? Does a smile linger? Will the ringing of their laughter echo? Whether they've left for work or left your life, what will stay? It may sound a little morbid, but I'm fascinated with the concept of the ephemeral, memory, and the things we carry. Kind of like "Memento Mori" except more: Remember Life.

If you like the mini bronze skull charm, I've added several to my shop. CLICK HERE to take a look. I love how they are totally handmade and all the little imperfections like my fingerprints on the backs or the hewn edges really add to the charm and infuse each one with a rustic element and ancient feeling. It is fitting for such an iconic and archetypal symbol.

15 comments:

Davinia said...

Hi Andrew, I have to admit to being a 'blurker' but I couldn't not comment on your beautiful bracelet and great photography and the bronze charm is...well charming.

Azure Islands Designs said...

Oh I don't know...I'm not sure it is tacky...you just love the piece, nothing wrong with that!!! :0)

It is lovely though...delicate but warm and the little skull charm finishes it off wonderfully!

Cheers

Joan Tucker said...

ove the handmade quality of the charm; I also love to "imprint" myself on our porcelain pieces.. not too perfect..JT

Round Rabbit said...

Purr away, you smitten kitten! It's perfectly ok to be in love with your own work - in fact, I wouldn't expect anything less. If you love your work your love comes through in your work. (I'm drinking a lot of wine at the moment - have no idea if I am making any sense.)
AND, your charms are mine. ALL MINE! Ha... Ha... Ha...!

julie said...

love the way you make simple look so fabulous!

Jean Hutter said...

it is an amazing bracelet - I know what you mean about thinking about what remains - I know it is not the same but I lost my cat and look around at the places he used to be in the house and wownder if his spirit is still here.

But back to the bracelet - I cannot blaem you for loving this one - it is special!

lunedreams said...

that really is gorgeous. if i had made that i'd be pretty dang proud of myself too! probably keep it. love the colors and texture of it, and simplicity. the charm and clasp are a nice contrast to the round beads. hear you about memory, and how feeling memories end up becoming a part of your Self. almost like you're constantly knitting your Self and your experiences with the people in your life (good and bad) are much of the yarn you must use. even the "bad" experiences can add to the beauty and strength of the piece.

RowanDeVoe said...

Thank you for your nice comments on my blog. I wanted to visit your blog and I love this bracelet. It is so meaningful and the beads are so beautiful. And, a few years back I was lucky enough to bead the lovely ladies of the Green Girl Studios at a bead convention in Cincinatti, OH! The Art Gallery I worked in carried them their beads for years and have several of their beads myself. I just love them. I have to check out your shop.
Thanks again,
merle of Rowan DeVoe

Spring Lake Farm said...

Hi Andrew,

I love the bracelet and your words are beautiful. Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet words. Wishing you the happiest of holidays!

Sandy

lorrwill said...

I have a missing brother too. Oh I know where he lives and he even has a facebook page but he cut all ties with me a couple of decades+ ago and had made it quite clear that I am an unwelcome non-person. He not too friendly to my sister as well. It is a very strange feeling to have a sibling who does this sort of thing - as you well know. It makes us stronger, right - to chose how we remember them?

I also lovvvvvvveeeeeeee the warm tones of this bracelet and the clasp caught my eye, too. Your family is insanely talented.

Sheila said...

This is really pretty, Andrew! So lustrous, and it looks comfortable, even fun to wear.

Cyndi L said...

I really love the bronze charm you made, Andrew!

Lisa Crone said...

Hi there! I just love how you describe the warm tones draping perfectly on the wrist! I know EXACTLY what you mean and could almost feel this one on my own wrist...so pretty!

Jeannie said...

Andrew I don't know you that well nor do I know what happened to your brother. I just know it's something that pains you deeply and I wish I could help you purge it.

Your bracelet cathartic and I think it brings you Joy. As it does me.

Vintage Jewelry Store said...

No doubt - I loved this bracelet. Although the little pearls are a little big (: but their color and shape is not highlighting them too much and in fact are quite flattering for those wearing them. Really well done!