Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pink Optic Fiber Turquoise Brooch Pin with Felt & Crochet.....

Apologies. My 9-5 Mon-Fri office job seems to be getting in the way of things and all I want to do in my spare evening time is knit!  Knitting is my latest addiction. But it is fabulous to have some cash coming in on a regular basis and some warm woollies......

I finally got around to finishing this piece which incorporates optic fibers with a pink LED. The LED is hidden inside the felt on the back and is powered by a small, flat  3V coin battery.

The beautiful, multicolored piece of turquoise (purchased from Heart Of Stone Studios) (size 42.5mm x 33.5mm) comes from right over the Tibetan border in China. It is the same source of turquoise that the Tibetans have used and worn for centuries.

I have also used oxidised copper, UV resin, vintage shards of pink glass, brass eyelets, merino wool (needle felted), beads, crochet thread, conductive thread, bamboo, bone & craft wire.
About 10cm long by 8cm wide.

18 comments:

artistudios said...

Wonderful glowing artpiece!

Fresca said...

9-5 work... What a pale substitute for art.

This opens my eyes---I have only thought of turquoise as from the Americas (especially the Native American southwest and Mexico).

Btw, re your wall squid (previous post), I display my (your) triffid on an egg cup--the ring base sits in the cup part--so I can enjoy it all the time.

luciebeebee said...

So detailed and rich in techniques and so ORIGINAL!
I am a BIG fan.
Keep up the good work!
regards, Lucie

Ginga Squid said...

Thanks Marcia, Fresca & Lucie!

Fresca - Heart Of Stone Studios (link in my blog somewhere) has a great summary about turquoise. In fact alot of 'turquoise' used in jewellery is actually plastic, or reconstituted. H Of S has turquoise from various mines in US (Arizona & Nevada) as well as China & Tibet.

LOL - I have most of my rings stored in egg cups too (or empty Guerlian chocolate boxes - yum!).

WondrousStrange said...

Love it!! But I love all your work:) So original!

Grand Purl Baa said...

yummy yummy yummy yummy

And CLEVER too.

Pam de Groot said...

Great to see the light still shining over there. Terrible pun I know. this is beautiful. You are the master, mistress????

1funkyknitwit said...

I love how you use different mediums together ~ looks fabulous :D

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you! :)

grrl + dog said...

there is a lot of stuff going on]]on that brooch.

is that it glowing in the dark??

Ginga Squid said...

It is indeed Grrl! It has fiber optics which are (on the back & inside the felt) hot glued onto a pink LED and the connectors sewn using conductive thread to a small flat coin-style battery.

Jasmine said...

Gorgeous work. I love the LED's. Your work would go down so well at the festivals here.

AnaVar said...

Awesome! Hi! I just found your blog, and reading older posts.. I love your work! I'm making first steps learning how to make jewelry and your blog is full of information I need! Have to go through briefly!

Sheep Rustler said...

I love all your amazing stuff! It is so beautiful and clever and amusing.

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yvette said...

hééé'missed you..but what a beauties you made

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Joyce Compton said...

Fabulous brooches! Vedry unique and intersting.

Joyce

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