This is my first collaboration with my mom. She is a sculptor she makes pewter statues and does lost wax casting when making jewelry. Anyway she is now beading jewelry and she has a lot of elaborate pieces and I want to set up an account for her here but she is all shy about it. lol i will get her to do it I know I will!
Okay so I made the pendant and she made the necklace for it and added the pretty swarovski crystal at the bottom.
When taxidermy meets jewelry, it yields interesting results. A commission by a good friend of mine, after she saw my Secret Keeper locket. She wanted me to use fox eyes, so I hunted until I found these glass red fox ones. I used the same process for the silver here as I did for the locket - liver of sulfur patina, tumbled for a few hours, which makes that nice dark "hematite" look.
I made this the last day of metals class just to have something for critique. For a three hour endevour, it turned out rather well. The shapes represent the four sacred chinese animals, the dragon, the tortoise, the ki'lin, and the pheonix. It's just a little, tiny, lidless box.
Ah, before I get any more comments on this, I drew my sources for the four animals from a book. Two folk now say that the unicorn-type beast ought to be a tiger instead. I'm not saying that other people are wrong; the book could very well be. Or it could be either depending on where you are in the country or depending on the era you draw from. That's the way of culture. In anycase, if I'm totally off, I apologize, especially if I offend someone over it. I really didn't want to. I thought I could trust published material, but I guess not. On the matter of the tortoise, I know the oriental depiction is very different, but I decided on a more realistic one just out of artistic choice. I liked the large, positive space, and had it had that long neck in there, it would have a different shape than I wanted.