Monday, June 25, 2012


It is said that the monarch is a symbol of hope and that the butterfly represents the soul as it changes and transforms. I chose to create this piece for a friend who, at her father's funeral, saw a butterfly flying over his grave as they lowered the casket. 

Last summer I created a couple of wire-wrapped butterflies, but this one was reworked to form a more elegant and refined piece. The silhouette is different with a stronger upward angle to the top wings. The armatures fit together as a trio instead of a quad, so it is also more structurally sound. 

The tissue wings were hand painted, dusted with copper and gold macro pigments, and sealed. Onyx and citrine accent the pendant and chain.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Cicada Tears

A little swarm of cicadas has landed at Elements & Artifacts! Enjoy!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sunset Cicada

I just wanted to share a spontaneous project that I added into this week's work! My shimmering green cicada turned sunset on me with hot pink and fanta orange gradient tissue wings, hot pink quartz, carnelian, and pink rhodonite! 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Summer Extras

Surprise! On a whim I decided to spend some time working on a few more summer-themed items since my shop was looking quite bare. Enjoy! :)

Summer has not come until you can set your foot on a string of daisies.