This piece features a rainbow moonstone in a copper setting, in a style heavily inspired by Thanit Tahua.
With Savage Femininity, I was willing to emulate the style of Thanit Tahua because of two reasons:
1. I had bought tutorials from her previously.
2. The customer did not ask me to copy a specific piece, and her only reason from not buying directly from Thanit Tahua was due to the unpredictability of the mail during this Covid 19 pandemic.
The accent chain for this pendant is handmade, with moonstone beads, and Herkimer diamond accent beads. I have used simple segments of 4 in 2 chainmail. I feel the chain really finishes this piece off well and makes it shine.
Key to Her Heart
This rainbow moonstone is set in antiqued sterling silver, in a heart shaped key. It features accent beads of cherry quartz, amethyst, and rainbow moonstone.
With Key to Her Heart, I had to create this design from scratch. I made sample pieces first in copper, and only used sterling once I had settled on my final design. Even still, I wound up changing small details in the final design. I think I made at least 5 mock ups before creating this final piece.
These pictures are NOT to scale. This bust is the size of a toddler, so the pendant looks comically large here. In reality, it is less than 4 inches in length.
My client had a pair of earrings similar to these, with only two strands to dangle, and very dingy white/tan in color. She wanted something black, and with more dangle. She wanted to keep the beaded macramé look, and the partially wrapped earring hooks, but other than that, I had free reign.
I settled on a variety of faceted Czech glass beads, and strung them on off-black hemp.
I only had a black bust to display them on, so I know the color is very washed out! They are very black in person, and they sparkle beautifully!
My client picked out this rainbow moonstone from the cabochons I keep on hand and told me to wrap it in sterling silver, and antique it.
With free reign to do what I wanted... This pendant came out nothing like what I was originally intending! Sometimes what we plan isn't what the stone and wire want. It will fight you at every turn. So with this one, I just went with the flow.
Because the wire work on this one is so top heavy, I knew I needed to balance it out somehow. Adding the moonstone chain really helped lend balance to the chaos of the wire.
When I showed my client (who is an author), she was thrilled with the completed piece, and said that it reminded her of a Goddess of Chaos in one of her books. I was so happy I had listened to what the stone and wire wanted!
I love when clients give me a little bit of guidance but overall free reign to complete their orders. I almost always love these creations the most.
This client wanted to surprise her mother with a one of a kind, unique creation for Christmas. The only guidance given was that she wanted something similar to (but not exactly like) Lime Twist.
This is the result. An elegant, twisting wrap that lovingly, tenderly hugs the stone.
I included a simple pair of drop style labradorite earrings to compliment and accent this statement piece.
My client came to me with an endearing idea for this pendant: a representation of her daughters strength, and delicate beauty. It was important to her that these two ideas be represented in contrasting ways in the pendant.
It just so happened that I had created a pendant for her daughter (Brantwijn Serrah) in the past, so I had some idea of what her tastes were. We decided on blue labradorite and polished silver.
Labradorite is a stone that shifts and changes in the light. The color can flicker from delicate to bold, there one moment, gone the next.
The sterling silver frame is based on tribal style tattoos, a look I have seen Brantwijn use often in different ways on her book covers. I knew it would be a perfect strong wrap for this delicate stone.