|One of the links I was sent.|
During the time I designed this necklace, I was reading a book called "Darling Jim", a dark thriller about three sisters and their aunt (and the entire village, really) entangled and enthralled by a dangerous, mysterious drifter. The book is full of love found and love lost (mostly lost), and I thought about how the heart can lock away memories of lovers past for years upon years, taking those memories out from time to time to dust off, carefully remember, and then lock away again.
Therefore, I present "A Time For Love".
I backed the heart lock pendant with brass filigree painted a deep red (from Paloma Antigua) and added a cultured pearl that matched the hematite gray finish of the ceramic. From there I linked Bordeaux Swarovski Crystal Pearls, a single gray crystal from my Lonely Hearts Club stash (a little tin of single beads waiting their turn for beady greatness -- rather appropriate in this case!), and the two ceramic links from Earthenwood. I added another member of the Lonely Hearts Club -- a Bali silver bead -- and linked them all together with stainless steel and a sterling silver chain.
And as you can see, I played around a bit with the photos to give them a gothic, Victorian look. The book behind the bottom picture is an antique ledger from a library -- the librarian marked books in and out with it.
And since we're talking love, let me show you what I got for Valentine's Day yesterday from my dearest of husbands. You may remember that I collect vintage cameras, but I also have a thing for typewriters. I have two antique typewriters, but I've been on the lookout for...... a pink one. And now it's mine!
I was so excited I could have done cartwheels had I known how. It looks wonderful on my photo prop table, and it came with its original case and manual. Now we're on a typewriter hiatus -- at least until next Christmas!
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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.