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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Burial Poles

This is a set of necklace and earrings that I created this week for exhibition at the Nexus Community Gallery.  It's for the members' show that opens at 3pm on Sunday the 1st of August.  I handcrafted these with polymer clay. The surface is sealed with "Magic Glos" a doming resin to give these the look of glass. The clasp is a gold magnetic ball. Virginia Yelavich, one of my students, from Southwest Rocks introduced me to this black velvet cord that I used on this necklace.
They're reminiscent of the Indigenous Burial Poles of Australia. These poles are placed around the burial site during the ceremony. They symbolise the status and prestige of the deceased. Participants in the ceremony are painted with natural ochres in many different designs, transforming the dancers and providing protection against recognition by the spirit of the deceased.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Caged Buddha

Whilst visiting a friend yesterday, he gave me this little Buddha tile and shell because he knows that I make mixed metals and found objects jewellery.  Here's what I created with those bits plus a chunk of sea glass that I found on the beach a while back.

Measures 7cm long x 3.5 cm wide x 2.5 cm deep

Custom made Jewellery Cabinet

Here's a pic of the Custom made Jewellery Cabinet that I ordered from Graham & Sandy at the Oaisis Moon Framing Gallery.

While ordering a cuppa at the Bellingen Butter Factory Cafe, I happened to see a beautifully framed shadow box with heirloom cutlery.  I immediately began thinking of how something similar to that would be suitable for displaying my jewellery in a shop in a way that would be both secure and appealing.

You can see it for yourself at the Infusions of Food and Fine Arts Cafe ° 3/105 Hyde Street ° Bellingen ° 6655 0393. 

Please have a look, great gift ideas for both men and women.