22 August 2008

Mothers and Daughters

I made a few gifts this morning.

I was invited out for lunch by a mother of two of my students. (I teach when I'm not twisting and bending and wrapping wires.) Her two beautiful girls were coming along, too.

I thought I'd make them pendants.

I made the same piece for the two little girls. You know how sisters are sometimes. I made "Eggs in a Nest" pendants on pink leather necklaces for them. I used silver as my main wire for the nest and embelished it with a bit of copper; for eggs, I used pearls.

For their Mom, I made a Tree of Life with Eggs in a Nest. I used silver (20-gauge for the frame and 26-gauge for the tree and branches), rutilated quartz for the leaves, copper and silver wire (28-gauge) for the nest, and pearls for the eggs.

You will notice that the pendants for the children have three eggs. It's not merely for design. They come from a brood of 4. I thought it would be nice to make the three eggs signify their sibling. They're the fourth egg all hatched and in the world.
The mother has four eggs in the nest on her pendant. She is the mother tree making sure that all the four eggs in her shelter are safe and protected.

I carefully chose the stones for the energies they exuded:

Pearls are calming and centering. They give purity and promote faith, charity, and integrity, truth and loyalty.

Rutilated quartz is reputed to diminish fears, depression and issues with decision-making.

Silver is mystically considered to improve speech, bring eloquence.

Copper is said to facilitate mental agility, and quick wit.

1 comment:

craftpriestess said...

how lovely!!! great job. i think it's time to write a jewelry book of your own!! i would definitely buy it.

also, congrats on the blog nomination!!

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