Tuesday, April 27, 2010

BPAL Panther Moon

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has just released their May Lunacy perfume oil and t-shirt for Panther Moon! Once again, I had the honor of creating the artwork for it.

Sein Blick ist vomVorübergehn der Stäbe
so müd geworden, daß er nichts mehr hält.
Ihm ist, als ob es tausend Stäbe gäbe
und hinter tausend Stäben keine Welt.

Der weiche Gang geschmeidig starker Schritte,
der sich im allerkleinsten Kreise dreht,
ist wie ein Tanz von Kraft um eine Mitte,
in der betäubt ein großer Wille steht.

Nur manchmal schiebt der Vorhang der Pupille
sich lautlos auf — dann geht ein Bild hinein,
geht durch der Glieder angespannte Stille —
und hört im Herzen auf zu sein.

His gaze those bars keep passing is so misted
with tiredness, it can take in nothing more.
He feels as though a thousand bars existed,
and no more world beyond them before.

Those supply-powerful paddings, turning there
in the tiniest of circles, well might be
the dance of forces round a center where
some mighty will stands paralyticly.

Just now and then the pupil’s noiseless shutter
is lifted — then an image will indart,
down through the limbs’ intensive stillness flutter,
and end its being in the heart.

(Rainer Maria Rilke. Translation by Walter Arndt.)

Gleaming black musk, mandrake, labdanum, black ginger, benzoin, champaca, ambergris accord, myrrh, and star anise.

You can purchase the perfume oil here.
You can purchase the tees here.
These will only be available until April 30, 2010!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Treasury: Artifacts of Ancient Egypt

On a whim, I made a Treasury East collection with a number of stunning Egypt-themed creations on Etsy. Enjoy!

You can view it here. Go browse, click, and comment!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Three Things

I spent this afternoon working on two custom orders. One was a recreation of Tears of Ra, but instead of brass chains and amber, I used antique silver and gunmetal with quartz, smoky quartz, and onyx. The other custom order is for a young girl who wanted a "mermaid's treasure" necklace. It is silver and antique silver with blue opal, peruvian opal, aquamarine, sleeping beauty turquoise, and pale persian turquoise with flecks of pyrite in it.

Mel of TeamBPAL also made a colorful Treasury East with items from our members. You can view it here!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Artifacts of Egypt

The Artifacts of Egypt collection is up!

The ancient Egyptians loved ornamentation. The first evidence of jewelry-making in Egypt dates from around 3,500 to 5,000 years ago.

Jewelry for the Egyptians was valued not only for beauty but also for the magical and spiritual protection it provided for its wearer. Most believed it held religious significance and was a protection from evil. Minerals and metals were identified with specific deities as well as with specific spiritual and therapeutic values. Their words for lapis lazuli and turquoise were synonymous with joy and delight, respectively. Copper and malachite were identified with Hathor. Gold was used to represent the Sun God. Hues of blue represented the heavens, while red represented blood and Isis.

Jewelry was not just for use in life; it was also worn in death to assist the journey to, and serve as comforts in, the afterlife.

I am very excited to finally see this project through after it began as a seedling of an idea almost two years ago. Since then, it has been a constant work in progress, ever-growing and ever-changing. While I certainly could have released it within a few months after the initial idea hit, I always felt the time wasn't quite right. And so I continued to think, read, and gather components until I felt ready to bring the project to my work table. At this point, all I can say is FINALLY!

Because a number of the components used in this update were gathered months if not years ago, there are many items here that are truly one-of-a-kind and are impossible to recreate. However, there are also many pieces that can be made to order, especially those that are wire-based, so please ask if something you love has been sold!

Enough chattering! I present you with Artifacts of Egypt:

Neon Blue Apatite

This is another custom order that I felt deserved a little mention because of the vibrant color of this apatite. It was a fun piece. :)

Roses, Books, Princess, Dragon

Just look at the colors and imagery in this Treasury! Isn't it lovely? This one is titled Roses, Books, Princess, Dragon and includes my Protectress lithograph print. Go browse, comment, and click!

This Treasury expires on April 24.

Recent Work

I had a lot of fun creating these two custom orders earlier this month, so I thought I'd share!

Thunderclap (Revisited)

Cho Ku Rei, a Reiki pendant

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Meet Europa

Europa is the next creation in my moons of Jupiter series, which uses the rare and breathtaking moon focals by artist Gail Kops as points of focus. I have a series of sketches lined up for future designs, but I just may be in love with this one. In person, this piece is downright hypnotizing.

I am also excited to announce that Gail Kops has offered me a Designer Page on her website, where she will display creations of mine that feature her glass art. I was humbled and flustered when she made such an amazing offer to me, and I am ridiculously excited!

Europa will be listed for sale at Elements & Artifacts later this week along with the two-years-in-the-making Artifacts of Egypt collection. :)

Golden Age Treasury

One of my TeamBPAL teammates made a gorgeous, warm treasury called The Golden Age. I spy my Beekeeper pendant! You can view the Treasury here, and make sure to click through to your favorite items. :)

The treasury expires on Tuesday, April 20.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mad Cackling Here

So, I am in the midst of this Artifacts of Egypt jewelry collection. I have some serious work ahead of me still, but on a whim I set things aside and experimented with making a wire-based Egyptian cuff bracelet. While I have already had plans for a few other cuff appearances in the near future, this one was completely improv. (I almost said "off-the-cuff"; how bad of a pun would that have been?)

I dare say it actually worked out well enough that I think I want to go run a few laps around the living room to get my happy energy out. Maybe with a shimmy and a wiggle in there.

That is all. :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring Cleaning Sale!

Just a quick note that I'm doing some spring cleaning at Elements & Artifacts for select items.

I've marked nearly 30 items down by 10-50% OFF. Hopefully this will help you get some shinies and help me clear out the dusty corners of my shop so I can afford some new gemstone inventory that I'm lusting after. Ooh, shiny! Clicky!

Friday, April 2, 2010

SF Bay Area Etsy Street Team - Interview Feature

My interview feature with SF Etsy is up! In it, I was able to talk a bit about my creative process, what inspires me, and explain the concept behind Elements & Artifacts. I also tucked in a spoiler for the theme of my next jewelry collection!

This is the collection that I've mentioned has been in research and development for nearly two years. In fact, by the time it is released it will be about two years exactly. I'm about halfway done, and getting further by the day. So far, it is shaping up to be even better than I had hoped.

Enough of my chattering! You can read the interview here. Enjoy! :)