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"Oh my Blessed Muse" ... what I was thinking as this very special necklace was coming together. The color combination came to me during my morning meditation, the individual components and elements were assembled and reassembled through the rest of the day. It absolutely embodies everything I want to convey with my Urban Primitive series ... the perfect combination of raw, unpolished elements with high-tech materials, tribal inspiration with contemporary design.
The Urban Primitive Blessed Muse Necklace begins with the raw bronze and steel metal clay elements, hand pinched and nudged, holes smeared, my fingerprints visible in each piece. Some of the steel pieces are straight out of the kiln, no polishing ... some are tumbled, the bronze elements are polished and lightly oxidized. There's an asymmetrical steel nugget, inlaid with raw rubies and fine silver metal clay; the unusual patina derived from multiple firings - the ruby is a beautiful compliment to the gemstone nuggets. There's stacked and layered discs and rings and steel cubes bracketing each gemstone nugget, one very raw steel nugget and two twists of bronze and steel.
The dramatic color palette begins with jumbo faceted nuggets of lepidolite ... a swirl of magenta, moss and chartreuse. I wanted to accent the chartreuse and remembered my stash of yellow turquoise oval nuggets and faceted rectangles along with a couple of Chinese turquoise beads.
A large Basha Bead anchors and mirrors this amazing assortment of color and texture; one smaller Basha Bead is tucked into the mix.
Four strands of hand-plied dark brown Euro-flax linen weave through the collection. For comfort, additional support and a tribal accent, I've waxed a single strand of the linen to lash a strip of supple leather to the cord. I adorned the loose ends of the cord with African and Indian brass and beads.
As is the case with all my best work, I follow my intuition for all the details ... this time my intuition compelled me to have the piece slip over the head - no clasp. At 32" long, it slips easily over the head and the leather wrap rests comfortably at the back of the neck. For size reference, the largest Basha Bead is 22 x 20 mm, the adjacent lepidolite nugget is 27 x 18mm.
Strikingly cool, tribal yet modern, minimal and distinct, industrial organic, the Urban Primitive Blessed Muse Necklace will arrive wrapped in muslin and tucked into an eco-friendly pillow box cushioned with paper excelsior, scented with rose petals and all tied up with recycled sari silk ribbon.
Wrapped and ready as an exceptional gift for yourself or a truly stunning Mother's Day present. And as always ... beautifully crafted, spirited, jewelry for your soul.
l i g a - kathy
love, infinite grace, abundance
Urban Primitive Blessed Muse Necklace: Steel, Bronze, Gemstone Nuggets and Basha Beads
- Handmade item
- Materials: bronzclay, basha bead, linen, leather, steel metal clay, rubies, lepidolite, yellow turquoise, chinese turquoise, indian glass, african brass
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- Ships worldwide from United States