This little songbird was inspired by the House Finches (Carpodacus mexicanus
) who came to nest in a tree which I can see from the window by my desk at work. I saw them for months darting into and out of the Arborvitae and posing to sing on its branches. I always enjoyed their visits. Although they are native to the US, House Finches were only introduced to the northeastern region where I live in the 1940s, but they have naturalized well and are now very common.
This little finch hangs asymmetrically from a sky blue silk cord strung with beads in colors to compliment his feathers: primarily various shades of warm grey and brown, scarlet red, and black. These beads include labradorite briolettes with brilliant blue flash, freshwater pearls, and glittering swarovski crystals. The necklace closes with a delicate, handmade hook closure of sterling silver.
The House Finch is handcrafted of vegetable-tanned leather which has been carved and tooled into a low-relief sculpture. He was then dyed and painted with acrylics to highlight his plumage, and he has been signed by the artist on the reverse. He's been sealed with a protective coating to help ensure that he sings to you for a long time to come, however, he is not suited to bird baths so do keep him nice and dry.measurements
• necklace is approximately 26"(66cm) long; finch pendant is about 2.5" wide and 2.25" high at its broadest pointsmaterials
• hand-carved & painted leather finch; silk cord; sterling silver clasp; labradorite briolettes; freshwater pearls; swarovski crystals; glass beadsprice
• $60.00 plus S&H; Available at my Etsy shop
is a representation of Lady Death at her most elegant. Originally depicted in a 1913 etching by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, she has become an icon and an archetype.
Her face is adorned with designs similar to those found on sugar skulls which are given to both the living and the dead in celebration of the Dia de los Muertos
(Day of the Dead) holiday. A six-pointed star sits at her crown, a shining anatomical heart floats before her chest, and she is flanked with the outspread wings of a bird of prey. La Catrina
hangs delicately from a series of faceted, jet black, glass beads reminiscent of a rosary which are then attached to lengths of soft suede lace. The necklace closes with a handmade hook clasp adorned with the same glass beads.
The main pendant was was hand carved and tooled from vegetable-tanned leather and then dyed and painted. Her eyes and heart have a high gloss finish so they glisten in the light. It is signed by the artist on the reverse.measurements
• necklace is about 21"(53.3cm) in length; pendant is approximately 3.5"(8.4cm) wide by 3"(7.6cm) long at its broadest pointsmaterials
• hand-carved & painted leather, sterling silver wire, glass beadsprice
$70.00 plus S&H SOLD!
I have another set of my sealed-envelope earrings available for purchase. This pair is slightly different than the previous pair in that they also feature a set of dangling chains which I think visually help balance them out.measurements
• envelopes are approximately 0.875"(2.2cm) long by 0.5"(1.3cm) wide; they dangle about 1.5"(3.8cm) from below the ear hook (not including the chains)materials
• hand-carved and stained leather; sterling silver wire & chain; freshwater pearlsprice
• $15.00 plus S&H; Available at my Etsy shop
I've been a little lax about posting updates to my shop here, but there are indeed a few new additions to my Etsy shop including a delectable ACEO-sized painting on canvas and a Faery Wing necklace:
I was also considering moving this journal over to Blogger. Any thoughts?
This necklace was inspired by my love of early American gravestone art. Winged death's head motifs were a favorite among the headstone carvers in New England, and they are certainly one of mine. This particular design is my own take on the theme and incorporates an hourglass. The phrase "memento mori" is a Latin token enjoining us to remember death. The symbolism of this imagery need not be as morbid as it seems as death gives poignancy to life. The wings hint at levity, freedom, and transcendence.
True to the hand-carved headstones of old, this piece is not perfectly symmetrical. It has been colored to suggest that like its boneyard counterparts, it has been worn and weathered by time. The mossy green in the main portion is accented by olivine freshwater pearls and turquoise roundels with heavy brown matrix. Delicate sterling silver chain and a handmade hook clasp links the whole necklace together.
The main chest piece was carved from vegetable-tanned leather and then dyed and painted. The front of the carved leather portion is sealed with an acrylic coating.
measurements the leather chest piece is approximately 6" (15.2 cm) across by 2" (5.1 cm) wide at its greatest points; the entire necklace is about 19" (48.3 cm) in length including the chest piece and clasp
materials hand-carved & painted leather; sterling silver chain & wire; freshwater pearls; turquoise; glass beads
$55.00 US plus S&H SOLD!
Maybe they're love letters, notes from a long-lost friend, or birthday cards from a relative. (Then again these little envelopes may just contain your latest credit card statements, but I'd like to think they're too whimsical for that purpose!) We'll never know for sure, but they contain the potential to symbolize any sort of mail that you might wish to send or receive.
Each miniature, sealed envelope was carved out of vegetable-tanned leather and then subtly stained. They dangle along with olivine freshwater pearls from hand-crafted ear hooks of sterling silver.measurements
envelopes are approximately 0.875"(2.2cm) long by 0.5"(1.3cm) wide; they dangle about 1.5"(3.8cm) from below the ear hookmaterials
hand-carved and stained leather; sterling silver; freshwater pearlsprice
$14.50 not including S & H SOLD!
Each version of this bracelet I make is unique. Not simply because each one is handmade and of course varies a bit from its sisters, but because I try to do something a little different with each variation. In this version the swallow is soaring through a backdrop of stars which have been dusted with a metallic sheen. The color scheme of this swallow is also a little bit different: instead of being primarily turquoise, this swallow is in shades of cerulean and pale blues with a golden underbelly. The swallow's back is also decorated in delicate swirls.
This adjustable bracelet features a handmade hook clasp which you simply slide through the appropriate link of the antique silver-toned chain. The chain is adorned with beautiful glass and metal beads as well as a piece of pink coral, all of which compliment the color scheme of the leather portion of the cuff, so this bracelet is lovely to behold from any angle. It is signed by the artist on the reverse.measurements
• the leather portion is about 4.5" in length and 1.5" in height; the chain allows this bracelet to be adjusted from about 6.5" to 10" aroundmaterials
• hand-carved & painted leather; silver-toned chain, wire, & eyelets; glass beads; coral beadprice
$35.00 US plus S & H SOLD!
I reduced the prices of virtually everything
currently for sale at my Etsy shop in the desire to do some much needed 'spring cleaning.' Most pieces have been reduced by $5.00 or more.
A swallow soars through a backdrop of roses, carrying a banner which flutters in the wind. Perhaps the little bird will line her nest with that slip of paper, or maybe she'll place it somewhere for an unsuspecting person to find.
The style of the imagery is based on traditional American tattoos. The necklace is designed to fall over the breastbone, a location where many choose to tattoo something very near and dear to their hearts (both literally and metaphorically).
The swallow is painted in sunset colors: rich red, gold, and a hint of purple. The undersides of her wings are a paler version of a similar scheme. The roses are in a dusky shade of some hue on the verge between violet and cocoa brown with leaves of teal. These colors are complimented by the variety of beads which dangle below the leather chestpiece and those which connect it to the encircling chain.
The main portion of this necklace was hand-carved from vegetable-tanned leather and then dyed and painted. The front of the carved leather portion is sealed with an acrylic coating to ensure that it stays vibrant for a long time to come, but please keep it dry to ensure its longevity. It is signed by the artist on the reverse.
measurements • leather chestpiece is approximately 4.5" wide and 2" tall at its greatest points; the overall length of the necklace is about 18.5" including the handmade hook clasp closure
materials • hand-carved & painted leather; sterling silver wire & chain; freshwater pearls; garnet; glass beads; brass skeleton key pendant (the key was purchased from Etsy's own PatinaQueen: http://patinaqueen.etsy.com)
$65.00 US plus S & H SOLD!
Mortal Geisha is a hand-crafted leather cuff bracelet inspired by my love for the Japanese tradition and by tattooing.
The design was originally slated to be part of a series of tattoo flash I was working on, but I decided that I liked it so much that I wanted to use it in a leather piece. A woman's profile superimposed with that of a skull is a common motif in American old school style tattooing (likely derived from calaveras, sugar skulls, and other Day of the Dead imagery).
My unique twist incorporates an influence from Japanese woodblock prints of geisha and courtesans of the floating world. Perhaps it represents the "Lady from Hell," the courtesan Jigokudayu who achieved enlightenment upon gazing at herself in a mirror and seeing a skeleton reflected there instead of her own youthful form. A gnarled pine tree curves around her neck, clouds swirl about her head, and a flame licks up from her collarbone. She is silhouetted by a dusting of metallic gold.
The main portion of this cuff bracelet was hand-carved from vegetable-tanned leather and then dyed and painted. A strap of supple mahogany-colored leather is affixed to one side of the pictorial panel using two gold-toned rivets and on the other with a gold-toned snap closure. The front of the carved leather portion is sealed with an acrylic coating to ensure that it stays vibrant for a long time to come, but please keep it dry to ensure its longevity. It is signed by the artist on the reverse.
measurements • bracelet is about 3.75" wide at its broadest point and approximately 7.5" around
materials • hand-carved & painted leather, gold-toned rivets and snap
$55.00 US plus S & H; SOLD!
While crafting these earrings I kept on getting this vision of looming, dark rain clouds reflected in a small, still pond below. Waiting in anticipation of a sudden downpour, there is an exciting tension which links the two elements together even before the rain falls. It is an image which seems like it would be quite at home as a hexagram of the I-Ching.
The storm cloud is comprised of pale opaline faceted beads and freshwater pearls in a brooding shade of dark blue-grey, backed by inverted raindrops of supple leather. Delicate links of sterling silver chain connect the storm cloud to the pond, represented by turquoise glass drops with an iridescent olive shine.
measurements • each earring dangles approximately 2.25" long (not including handmade French hook style ear wire) and is about .5" wide at its greatest points
materials • sterling silver wire & chain; leather; glass beads; freshwater pearls
$16.00 US plus S & H SOLD!