Monday, March 23, 2009

Leopard Skin Sundew Brooch/Pendant


Hmmm - I've been pondering this one for a while and it came together this weekend when I decided to needle felt some "sundew" bobbles onto what I had already wet felted. Now it looks right so I will call it finished!

Its a really cool piece of 'Leopard Skin' Jasper - olives, yellows and peaches outlined in rich black. This jasper is a cross between 'animal print' and abstract art - I love it! I bought this cabochon from www.heartofstonestudio.com.

I wet felted around some Faux Bone (with merino wool in deep green) and then cold connected the jasper with some micro-screws and fine silver heishi (Fair Trade from the Thai Karen Hills Tribes) to the woolly base using a bronze frame for the stone, which I etched and then gave an antique greeny patina.

I had wet felted the green/pale pink/shocking pink tendrils at the same time as the base. Then I needle felted in some bumpy spots - I've just got a book on how to do needle felting so that helped me immensely although I still end up sticking the needle in my finger occasionally - its v ouchy.

Anyway - its a cross between a leopard and a sundew. It has a brooch and pendant fastening on the back so it can be worn either way. Its quite large - about 21cm diameter.

9 comments:

Pam de Groot said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love it. I was skimming through my bookmarks today and found this sit and thought of you. Check it http://www.klimt02.net/jewellers/index.php?item_id=5899

Ginga Squid said...

Thanks Pam! WOW - that link is amazing. Her work (Natalya Pinchuk) is 'right up my street'! They get better as you scroll down - her Bird Of Paradise (2006), made from found sweaters, is just amazing. I also like the fact that its a man modelling these creations in most cases - very, very cool and funky. Thanks so much for that link!!!

yvette said...

wow, so beautiful!

yvette said...

Pam thanks for explaining the translation tool, but if you just click on the picture right up in my blog it translates too, Ginga I didn't know you answered on a reaction. Thanks fot the compliments!

Ginga Squid said...

Thanks Yvette! Your felt creations are just amazing - and your colours so deep and organic, I love them.
Ha - I just saw the translate picture on your blog - just a little down from the top right, cool! It works great.

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass said...

Wow, this is wonderful! I love how you combine stones, metals, and fiber. You've got almost all of my favorite materials covered! (yeah, I'm a glass freak along with the other materials...)

I love your imagination, Vicky!

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you Shirley! Funny you should say that - I'm actually collaborating with a fab lampwork artist (Lisa-Jane Harvey) on a piece at the moment....

micci cohan said...

I stumbled upon your amazing pin just now! it's really special! The colors! the mix of materials! I love your blog too! will be coming back!
HAve a great day Micci

Web : www.miccicohan.net
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Ginga Squid said...

Thnaks Micci! I love your work - especially your bright paintings/collages.