I got back from Italy with epic jet lag. Luckily Tito was on a weird work schedule too, so we were both awake at 5 am the next morning and we decided to suit up and take the cameras to the brickworks, see if we could find some owls. The Brickworks is an old brick factory that was derelict for many years before being restored to a nursery and wildlife rehabilitation area. The area is woody and quiet, especially early in the morning.
It was a good call – the morning was fine, clear and cold with a delicate frost on everything. We didn’t find owls that morning, but we did find some gorgeous maple leaves, birch bark, bright red sumach and Queen Anne’s Lace flowers that hadn’t yet closed their blooms for the year. Score!
This piece is the first of my ‘brickworks’ series, and possibly my favourite of the lot.The next three pieces combined these elements into layered jewellery. I love layered pieces because, though they take more patience, resin and pours, they are so gratifying when they’re done.
Intense red maple leaf is combined with a corner spray of delicately cut Queen Anne’s lace, with a layer of clear resin between them so the Queen Anne’s lace ‘shadows’ over the leaf.
The copper bezel has had a patina added by hand to darken it and give it more of a steampunk look. The resin cured to a perfect, glossy shine – it’s perfection!