Long before I met rescue horse, Thor, a very similar equine found it’s way into my sketches and finally materialized in a portrait of my niece. Thor’s distinct looks are inherited from his ancient breed – he is a Fjord horse. The Fjord breed originates in Norway and it seems like the horses have been selectively bred since the time of the Vikings (in the famous Viking ship burials, there are horse skeletons closely resembling the Fjord).
Portrait of My Niece Kate with Fjord Horse
Thor was neglected and left on his own in a field for over a year before he was rescued. Now he is now enjoying a new life, with new horse friends in a pasture surrounded by apple trees. His retired halter tags have made a lovely set of charms for a leather wrap bracelet – and the look has inspired work on a collection of wearables made from antique bridles, reins and stirrup leathers.
Handmade jewelry shared by horses and their people? Why not? : )
Flesh toned enamel, pearls and robel wood mixed up with a snippet of one of Lord Byron’s poems:
“The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.”
This set is a really eye-catching mix of shapes – all tied together with a lovely natural colourway. It reminds me of a treasure washed up on the beach on the morning after a storm.
“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche . . . “
Roughly translated, this means “Let them eat cake . . . ” A sweet suggestion, though this famous quote made Marie Antoinette of France infamous! This sweet little bangle will be thrown in with all jewelry orders over $75!
Be warned, this charm bangle will only be available for a limited time! So snag yours and futher your decadent reputation in pastry-eating infamy – OR – just pair it with that new sundress you bought. The choice is yours!
Please see my shop for additional details on how to claim your handmade bangle – and how to purchase this limited item by itself.
“Let Them Eat Cake”: Limited Edition Cupcake Charm Bangle
I’ve been helping out an old friend, Mr. Edmund Sparkler, by turning his romantic European aesthetic into metal and gem wearables. Each piece was based on the lush architectural elements that adorned the buildings of the past centuries – many of them have a beautiful “Louis XIV”, French feel.
I carved, sculpted and made molds for each design – then the pieces could be easily translated into precious metals. Other elements are pulled from Edmund’s huge collection of checkerboard cut stones which are set in hand-forged settings.
This is my favourite design – and one I gifted to my sister, Sarah, for her birthday this past week. The garland of flowers and fruit (in a style called a “barbola swag”) has twin alexandrite stones set beneath flowing ribbon ties.
Check out more of my and Edmund’s work on his new Etsy site: www.EdmundSparkler.etsy.com.
Out with the old … in with the new!
In order to make some room for new designs and color palettes, some of the Piece de Resistance sets will be getting a well-earned retirement. Since they also feature elements like ribbons, pearls and accents that have limited availability, once they are gone, they are gone!
Here are the items to be phased out:
– Golightly Enamel Bangle Set
– Golightly Gleaming Curiosities Necklace
– Savoy Truffle Bangle Set
– Savoy Truffle Gleaming Curiosities Necklace
With new designs and enamel shades on the workbench, new sets will be debuted as these all time favourites are slowly phased out.
Have a color / style suggestion for new bangle sets? I’d love to know! Please leave a comment with your ideas.