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Water Lilies…

Posted on : 20-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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Water Lily bracelet featuring pink copper petals, genuine pearls, & aqua czech glass beads. Crochet wire in deep copper.  

This original bracelet is dimensional in design. Delicate filaments entwine like lily stems in clear water.

Glowing warm coppery finish. Shining clear aqua beads. Lustrous golden copper color pearls.

Water lilies are in the family of fresh water perennial herbs Nymphaeaceae. The name is derived from the Greek word nymphe, a beautiful female sprite that lives in water.

Water lilies have been admired by many people throughout time. Whether in children’s stories of frogs that sit atop the huge lily pads or in artwork of artists, water lilies catch the eye & imagination. Claude Monet celebrated the water lily pond at Giverny, France in a series of approximately 250 oil paintings in the French Impressionist style. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a stained glass panel featuring water lilies. I love canoeing amidst the water lilies on the South Bog of Rangeley Lake, Maine in the mountains. One of my dearest memories contains silky white & pink lotus petal ruffles blowing up on a tiny pond & generous swamp at the former home in the Bristol Hills of my friend, Jeannette Klute.

Lotus blossoms have been important symbols throughout time across the world. The lotus is a variety of water lily. In various cultures, it has symbolized purity, enlightenment, rebirth, wealth, & beauty. Rooted in dark, muddy, watery depths, the lotus grows up toward light to float on the surface & blossom in beauty.

Copper Dragon bracelet…

Posted on : 18-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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Copper wire crochet bracelet in two warm shades of filament. With quality glass beads of earth, water, & sky hues.  Czech glass bead droplets in quiet bronze, copper, & brass colors. Dense crochet stitches, rich with beads. Copper hook closure.

Dragon. Coppery. Wrapped around your wrist. Imagination.

Lying against warm earthy brown soil beside the lake water’s shades of aqua reflected from above, I watch the clouds move in the deep blue sky & imagine a sleek, full dragon gliding overhead.

Copper Splash bracelets…

Posted on : 12-04-2010 | By : Dawn | In : Uncategorized

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This bracelet’s distinctive copper splash is cloud shape. The earthy copper color flows with fire patina of rainbow iridescence. Its wire crochet design uses combined strands of medium copper & lighter tones.  Copper & champagne czech seed beads nestle in the whirling stitches, adding happy highlights to the quiet, warm colors and friendly gatherings of small round droplets amidst the sweeping stitches. Music notes in a dance. Raindrops in summer light. 

The copper splash comes from the Queen Mine in Bisbee, Arizona, one of the richest copper mines in history. It is a serendipitous product of molten copper, splashing as the liquid was poured. A fire patina glows against the coppery blush.

I have only four copper splash medallions from my visit to the Copper Queen Mine. Two are connected drops like clouds & two are circular trickles like vine tendrils with buds. All are suggestive of nature’s cycles. These are very special ornaments, because they are symbolic of nature’s regenerating beauty. Each copper medallion will be used to adorn an individually designed bracelet.

In mythology, copper was associated with Aphrodite & Venus. Its warm, natural color is comfortable. As beautiful as sun-bronzed skin. The green & blue colors that develop through oxidation radiate the energy of new life & the calm of water & sky. When heated, a rainbow patina develops.

In the history of art, the first synthetic pigment calcium copper silicate contained copper as a major ingredient. This Egyptian blue (caeruleum) is a rich blue pigment. Its color will figure in some of my future Copper Splash bracelets.