Welcome to Ornament Thursday! Each month, a group of diverse but like-minded artists come together to create pieces based on a common theme. For more information regarding Ornament Thursday, please go here.
This month's theme is "sprout". I'm not sure if you could really say that flowers "sprout" rather than "bloom", but the buds on this piece were calling to me and green is the color of sprouting, right?? Right?? (Should you disagree with me on this point, I hope you'll willingly suspend your disbelief for a few moments.)
This piece is actually quite special to me. I made the focal from a hato card, a Korean playing card, that I set in a hand-formed PMC base with resin. When my mother came to the United States as a student in the fifties, she brought a few personal items with her, including a very nice set of hato cards. She never went back to Korea, eventually meeting and marrying my father and raising her family (namely me) in the Midwest. Through these life changes, she kept her set of cards and eventually spent many hours entertaining me with them when I was a child.
I wanted to commemorate my happy childhood memories by making this pendant. (I should note that I did not use cards from my mother's actual set, which we carefully preserve in the family. This card is from a more modern version that I purchased a few months ago.) Hato cards contain twelve suits, each representing a month of the year. Each suit has four cards, with varying point values. Although all of the cards are beautifully illustrated, the high point cards tend to be the most intricate. I chose a card representing springtime for the "sprout" theme. This card is actually the high value one for the February suit. (Yes, I'm cheating again, here - I didn't use the card for March!) By the way, regarding the scale of the piece, hato cards are considerably smaller than Western playing cards. They are slightly larger than a box of matches. Thus, although sizeable, the card still makes a nice pendant.
If you would like to see what the other suits look like, Randy L. Pearson has a nice website dedicated in part to the card game minhato that is played with - yup! - hato cards. Please go here to view. (Incidentally, if you would like to learn how to play minhato, Randy has a nice on-line version of the game available here.)
But wait, there's more! Please visit these talented OT artists to explore their vision for "Sprout":
Savvy Crafter Candie shares some happy spring memories with a cheerful felty flower idea!
Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Jean tells a touching, poignant tale of some beads who help one another, and after a small amount of sturm and drang they get it together and help each other! In fact, they prettify whatever YOU choose! Go see! It's fun!
The Goddess ROCKS! Inspired by a river rock shaped like an ancient goddess statue, Hali paints, melts crayons and adds glitter to create a sparkley celebration of Spring.
The Impatient Blogger How does your garden grow? With metal mesh, Czech glass beads and vintage French images all in a row! Margot just returned from Paris where she discovered a treasure trove of vintage paper. This scanned and sized postcard image fit the theme of sprout perfectly and the necklace was in search of a new home...add some teal metal mesh bows and accents and voila...a design sprouts forth!
Vintage Girl Teams Up With Her Vintage Momma! What does a gal do when she finds herself far from her crafting supplies? Why, she raids her mom's basement and then puts dear old mama to work! Stop by and you'll see why mom's basement is fertile ground for things that sprout
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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