Getting my groove back

It’s been a while since I last made some antique assemblage designs. Far too long.

I really love working in the tribal style and the challenge that comes from using materials and techniques that are new to me.

Eventually I return to the source and today I made two antique assemblage necklaces that I think are amongst the best I have ever made. They are true to the style and genre of antique assemblage and contain heaps of lush gemstones and antique treasures.

The first features a very rare and quite expensive French ex-voto sacred heart pendant. I did have this pendant for sale in my supply shop for some time but nobody bought it, which is great for me since I get to use it in a design. Inspiration struck today and here is the result.

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Here’s a close-up.

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The chain is made from kyanite, garnet and gold plated pyrite. There is a brass hook clasp with a handmade ring.

The other design to come out of today’s endeavours is a silvery blue sensation. This design features an Art Nouveau mirror locket depicting the huntress Diana on the front. It’s quite a handy piece to wear as you can use the mirror to check your appearance when you are out.

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Silver and blue are such a wonderful combination and this design is chock full of lots of beautiful contrasting textures and colours.

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In the past few weeks I have been busy on some tribal designs and I have delved into the realm of archaeology, using bit and pieces dug up from the ground, cleaned and repurposed.

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The focal piece for this design might once have been some door hardware, but with a little embellishment on the bottom and a 19th century tintype, it becomes an intriguing pendant. This next design combines an old gear and a button from Russia.

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And this lovely textured design using handmade ceramic beads in nice earthy colours.

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I found a stockist of lovely decorative Japanese sliding door pulls. They really are quite lovely, and the plain ones form great bezels…like used on this cuff bracelet below.

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I’ve got a few more treasures to work with over the coming week, including some delicious peachy pink/orange Ethiopian opals and some blingy Art Deco rhinetones. I’m back at school next week so will have less time to making, but I always manage to fit in some making here and there.


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