Right now, spring seems just like wishful thinking on my part. Temperatures have been in the single digits here and the wind chill has been in negative territory for a while. Nevertheless, I have been thinking of spring lately and spring themes. Here's the first sort of spring themed piece (I suppose it's more transitional - more on this in a minute), but hopefully not the last, from me. By the way, I realized last night after posting my blog entry that I'd complained about not wanting to make floral pieces and, of course, this has a flower in it. It's not overly floral, though, right? Right?
This pendant was inspired by a riddle that appears in a very popular Japanese shoujo (meaning, for girls) manga that's currently running in the US called Fruits Basket. I've thought about it, and there's pretty much no way I can accurately describe the plot without it sounding completely like something you wouldn't want to read, so I'm not even going to try. Suffice it to say that it involves a rather pure-hearted but likeable protagonist and, apart from a dubious student-teacher relationship (which seems to be a very common theme in shoujo manga, unfortunately) of which I completely disapprove, I wouldn't mind if the Short One decided to read it, er, once he learns how to read. Seeing as he's a bit of a manly little man, I doubt he'll ever be interested, though.
At any rate, at one point in the story, one of the characters poses a riddle to another, which goes something like this:
"When the snow melts, what does it become?" "It becomes water, of course." "Wrong! It becomes spring!"
I've been wanting to make a piece of jewelry that depicts this riddle for a while now. (In fact, this may not be my only attempt - I'm quite fond of this notion.) Last week, I visited a rock shop in the town where we used to live before the SO arrived and picked up a couple things, including a few small Brazilian druzy quartz cabochons. A couple of them were snow white and reminded me very much of ice crystals. So I designed this pendant where the druzy symbolizes winter and the flower beneath it, of course, symbolizes the coming spring.
Okay, the SO has been vomiting for the past half hour. It seems he's picked up a stomach bug. I need to sign off - I'll be back when I can. ' Night.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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