Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Variscite Sucker Brooch

I'm finally happy that this little 'sucker' is finished!

The circles, dots and spots remind me of octopus tentacles - hence the name.

The gemstone featured in this is Variscite in shades of soft seafoam green from one of my favourite suppliers Heart Of Stone Studio (in the USA). This artistic bit of rock is from Australia and is very unusual in that it has the Variscite running like a river through interesting shades of matrix.

Other materials used (all cold connections):

copper (patina using liver of sulphur and then with prismacolor and gloss on top);

pearls stitched through holes in the copper - in light pink, cream and chocolate brown;

merino wool in shades of purple, mauve & turquoise (needle felted);

beads and thread.

There is a brooch pin stitched to the back.
Approx size: 7cm x 8cm / 2.75 inches x 3 inches


She is headed off to be judged for the Regal Castings Contemporary Jewellery Awards, which is part of the New Zealand Jewellery Show.  This will be held at SkyCity, Auckland on 1-4 July 2010. So fingers crossed!

16 comments:

yvette said...

unbelievebale beautiful

Grand Purl Baa said...

THIS is the work I love the best. Your jewellery!

It is so different.
It is so well executed.
It is so delicious to the eye.

1funkyknitwit said...

Love the colours & looks fabulous hope you win at the show :)

artistudios said...

So original and beautiful!

Marica

Plastusia said...

I like the brooch very much, particularly colors and form of the item.

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you! I was very happy how the colours turned out. :)

yvette said...

right up on my blog is a link to cursor generator...lots to choose...and safe!

love
yvette

Kiwiyarns said...

It's very beautiful. Good luck!!

herbette said...

I love it! And I especially love your alpaca dreads! Soo much fun! I was recently given the Beautiful Blogger Award, and would like to pass it on to you. THe details are on my latest blog post.

Pam de Groot said...

I love the way your work has depth. You look and then you look and see more and then more again. I gotta see one in real life one day.

Jasmine said...

This piece is stunning. I love the stone too, I have not come accross that before. Will check out the link now. Have a wonderful bank holiday xJ

grrl + dog said...

I bet you wanna just come on down to NZ and get some great stones as well.

Good luck for the show, the piece is very finely felted..

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you!

I suppose I should do something with NZ greenstone/jade?

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It is so beautiful and looks so different. I like to wear brooch so much.

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Boracay hotel said...

Delicious new work of art! I just love all of your wonderful work. You have so much talent in you.

Ginga Squid said...

OMG - I want to be where you are Boracay Hotel - the diving looks fatastic!