A while back in July, Lynn Davis had a great Studio Saturday post on Art Bead Scene, where she showed off some circle links she had made, among other things. At the time, I ended up being inspired to use some simple links I had made for another project in a necklace. However, I also had a brainwave and decided that a coiled snake, or a snake eating its own tail (an Ouroboros), would make a beautiful circle link, jotted a note in my ideas books and then - promptly turned to other things. I finally sat down a few days ago and decided to try to make one - here's the result. As is usual for me, I kept the design pretty simple, although I do like how the scale pattern turned out on the snake's body.
I didn't realize this at the time, but the Ouroboros is evidently a symbol of infinity or immortality and is an alchemical symbol. Needless to say, I find this all pretty inspiring from a design perspective. Also, as Lynn pointed out, the circle link generally is pretty versatile. I think this would make an excellent focal, part of a toggle clasp or a link in an over-the-top bracelet.
On other fronts, we took the Short One out to a local farm to pick pumpkins and have fun at the Halloween festival they had set up for the season. The farm does a nice job of it - pony rides, hayrides, corn maze, some carnival games and rides, even.
At one point, I found and gave the SO a big yellow pumpkin blossom to carry around. He was so pleased - until a goat came up and ate it. The word "unconsolable" doesn't even begin to describe what followed. The sheer tragedy of having a goat eat your flower was hard to even comprehend much less to convey to anyone else (although he tried). It was hard for H. and I not to laugh, but ultimately we managed to haul our wailing child over to the duck carnival game - the kind where the child picks a plastic numbered duck from a stream of water and gets a prize - and he won a big teddy bear, which managed to console him. It was hard to explain that he wasn't allowed to keep the duck, though.
Maybe it's just a lack in my childhood, but I don't remember farms running these types of fairs when I was a kid. It's a nice seasonal activity, though, and since the SO does not know what c-a-n-d-y is yet, a nice way to start celebrating Halloween without getting into what some might consider the really crucial part of the holiday. I just found out today at the SO's cooking class that there's a big apple orchard north of where we live, too, so I imagine that may be on our list of things to do in the next couple weeks.
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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