New Jewelry

May 14, 2011

I spent most of the last moon cleaning up the Lichen Oracle glyphs and sewing a new pair of pants.  For this moon I decided to catch up on metalwork to put on the website, and as the waxing crescent grew in the evenings, I was inspired to make these bone and iron Crescent Moon Earrings.  Forged steel cut nail, coiled and twisted (“recycled”  since I cut up a big and rather clunky hairpin that I’d made several years ago, reused the good forgework, and scrapped the rest).  Catfish rib bone from the western Kentucky swamp, cut short and polished (the uncut rib was over 6 inches long), and whitetail deer antler tine from the Empire Mountains, Arizona.  Strung on 16-gauge black steel wire with tiny copper tube beads.  Longest earring is 2.5 inches, not including the earwires.  These are very mobile and surprisingly light in weight.

Crescent Moon Earrings

Crescent Moon Earrings

These Peridot Earrings are made from very large facet-grade Arizona peridot pebbles.  Peridot is the gem name for the mineral olivine.  It is as hard as quartz, and is named for its unique yellowish-green color.  These are natural crystals, drilled and strung on copper wire with antique African forged iron beads.  One has the characteristic smooth, eroded “jellybean” surface that is sometimes found in olivines from this locality.  I chose the iron beads because magnetite is commonly found with olivine, and both of these crystals each contain a tiny magnetite crystal inclusion (not visible in photo).  The stones are large enough that I had to keep the beads small and the wirework minimal so the earrings would be comfortable to wear.

Peridot Earrings

Peridot Earrings

This Crescent Blade Amulet has been on the bench for awhile because I didn’t like the original wire bail.  After some reworking (adding holes to the blade and a new bail on top) it’s now ready to wear.  The blade is forged from high-carbon 1095 steel.  This is a “primitive” pendant, with minimal polishing.  Only the back, edge, and holes in the blade are polished; the handle and the flat surface are left “as forged” after removing firescale.  The handle is mild steel and is riveted tightly to the blade.  The spiral bail is 16-gauge black steel wire (lighter gray than it appears in the photo, giving a distinct contrast with the black iron).  This piece is quite small – only two inches long and two inches wide.  The corners of the blade are polished smooth, and the blade itself – while sharp enough to be a real knife – is not razor-sharp because it is so exposed.  It will be offered for sale as it is, but I can put a very sharp, shiny edge on it at the buyer’s request.

Crescent Blade Amulet

Crescent Blade Amulet

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2 Responses to “New Jewelry”

  1. Karin said

    Have you sold the Crescent Moon Earrings? I don’t see them in your website. Please let me know.

  2. ironwing said

    Hi Karin,
    The Crescent Moon Earrings have sold. I put up a couple of similar pairs with iron and fish bones. I don’t have any more antler tines.
    Thanks for asking!

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