Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tropical Paradise


I love when a piece perfectly captures a feeling I've been aiming for - it can be a difficult thing to accomplish as it requires the cooperation of all materials, time and inspiration.

Hawaii is not a place that leaves my blood easily - it has been (both times) a struggle
to not spend hours remembering the feel of the places and people
instead of living in the present.

When I was working on this necklace I thought mainly of driving on desolate, verdant and overgrown Old Mamalahoa Highway, first by accident and then on purpose just to explore
the sounds and sights of the dim forest.

Even in low light there was a generosity of colors and form, a panorama of
beautiful things to sink into.

We were reluctant to drive back to Pahoa after that day's journey!

This necklace fits as would a 16.5 inch necklace and the pendant of Australian variscite, wing and Arizona turquoise
hangs five whole glorious inches to rest right above your heart.

I really want to see this piece go to someone who reads here
as it feels so personal:

to reserve it in the

Metal Shop.

I hope to send a bit of The Big Island to you, wherever you call home.



Sybil Ann said...


Sunny Rising Leather said...

Thank you, my dear lady Sybil!!


jaunebleu said...

It is magical! One of my absolute favorites!

Valerie said...

It's beautiful! It turned out so well from inspiration to finished piece - which is always a joyous occasion!

Valerie Brown
Firepan Jewellery Designs

MrsLittleJeans said...

wow---beautiful indeed

UmberDove said...


Lizzy Derksen said...

Those colours. Oh my.

kelly said...

be still my heart...that is all i can muster up..oh goodness gracious...ok, so that is all i can muster up...heart large and soul full...

artist in the arctic said...

oh my dear! i actually gasped when i saw this* Incredible!! Such a vibrant piece!

Brooke said...

what a beautiful piece! the wing is exquisite.

Sunny Rising Leather said...

Thank you all so much for the kind comments: this is more the direction I plan on going in with my leather - wings :)


Amanda said...

Absolutely breathtaking!