'The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.' -The Upanishads.

Friday, August 7, 2015

August 2015

I've been working on this piece on and off for a least a month, but at last I think it's where it needs to be and I'm satisfied. For now.  I've had the little mother-of-pearl belt buckle forever. When I first moved to Bay Shore more than 40 years ago, I made friends with two little old ladies who ran the thrift shop for the local hospital and they used to put aside old buttons and such for me. This is probably from that stash. It's such a pretty piece - delicate and iridescent. I wonder where it came from and who wore it ...

And here's a very simple and serene necklace -

Don't let the simplicity fool you though - this necklace packs a potent protective wallop - including a Troll Cross to protect you against (what else?) trolls! Wish I had known about these when I was still working in an office ...  Hanging below the copper wire Troll Cross is a terra cotta Thai Buddhist amulet, a bead from a Buddhist prayer mala and a bone shield/evil eye cattle amulet from Ethiopia.  With the creamy opal beads from Peru, we've covered 4 continents in 2 hemispheres.

This one is a triple tiered necklace that I'm going to test drive a little before I put it on Etsy.  The bottom amulet is a very large (much larger than I expected because I am metrically challenged, as you may remember) Thai amulet made of low fired clay, stamped and gold-leafed.  I sealed it with about a zillion coats of clear acrylic.  I was originally going to make three separate necklaces so any of them could be worn individually or with other pieces, but having three different clasps at the back of the neck felt like it might be uncomfortable.  The three chains come together on one clasp but my concern is that in storage, the necklace may become very very tangled.  I'll have to see how that works out.

And finally, another deer antler tip amulet with a Chinese bronze coin and fancy Bali-style copper beads on a copper rolo chain.  The antler tips are naturally shed and I polish them up a bit and drill the holes in them.  I love the shape and the variations in color and use them to invoke the wild male Green Man energy that puts the Divine Female energy into balance.  We have an abundance of white-tailed deer here on Long Island where I live, although not in my neighborhood.  A number of my friends have to contend with having their gardens devoured by hungry deer so they have mixed feelings about them.  I just get to enjoy their beauty and the wonder of living 45 minutes from one of the biggest cities in the world and still having the experience of driving home from a friend's and having to stop my car for a magnificent stag standing in the middle of the road.
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