All those who wander....

I've been working on some new pieces (based on old ideas as evidenced here) that take those wandering quartz lines written through beach worn pebbles and extends them beyond the boundaries of the 'stone'.

'All those who wander..' prototype, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
This one is made from silver plated copper and brass with dark prussian blue seed beads continuing the path suggested by the lines in the pebble.  There is also a suggestion here of people ON the path, they meet and continue hand in hand.  It's true, I am a romantic at heart.  There is no better story than 'how we met' in my opinion.  It surfaces all the time in my jewellery.  Added to all of that is the hidden void inside the 'pebble'.  This is barely visible.  The holes are tiny, 0.7mm in diameter to be precise.  But they are big enough to let the wind and the air pass through.  There is a space inside, dimly lit, perforated and gently held on dark glass strings.

'All those who wander...' , edge detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
Maquets should really be a bit more rough and ready; executed quickly and efficiently.  A perfunctory test before turning to the precious metals, saw in hand.

'All those who wander..' , edge detail, Cari-Jane Hakes June 2012
I don't work like this.  I need to see the beauty as I go along.  As it reveals itself it gives me the confidence to go on.  Often it is a little reticent to show its face, however, I've been in this game long enough to know that if you just keep going, it will eventually show up.

texture on 'All those who wander...' prototype, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
I love this texture.  I collect the tiny granules of silver that fall from my saw and use them to silver plate my copper models.  I want to see how the piece will look when it is made from the precious white metal.
'All those who wander...' necklace prototype, Cari-Jane Hakes, June 2012
Now, not only did I finish this little maquet but I learned a new hair trick from Kaitlyn Patience - you can see how to do this fabulous 'up do' here on her even more fabulous 'Is a Virtue' blog.  Thank you Kaitlyn - this went down well at last night's apéritifs!

Post Scriptus: Kaitlyn also has an Etsy shop which you can visit by clicking here.  I've included a screen shot of her shop below - she has a rather lovely selection of stationery, journals and envelopes.

isavirtue, Etsy shop owned by Kaitlyn Patience