I realized at a young age that I had the ability to create things, and I really enjoy working with many different mediums to create unique and one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. Using everything from vintage spoons, keys, tin cans, and bullet casings.
Here is one of the recent pieces I created, and the process behind it. Enjoy!
This piece of jewelry is made of layers upon layers of construction paper. Cutting out each piece by hand into the exact shape I wanted, then gluing them one on top of the other until it’s as thick as I want the pendant to be. Here are the steps in order
Step 1: Cut the construction paper into the right shape for the pendant.
Step 2: Glue one piece onto another until it’s as thick as you want.
Step 3: Using a very fine sanding paper to sand it so that all the sides are smooth and lined up the way I wanted them to be.
Step 4: I applied a polyacrylic clear gloss to seal the pendant, and then...
Step 5: It was then strung with coordinating beads to add the final touches and to finish off the complete necklace
This piece is called “On Wings of Eagles” referencing Isaiah 40:31. The design for this one really came from inside the piece itself. I know that the Lord uses my hands and guides me to create everything I set my hands to do. And this piece, having layer upon layer of paper, had one piece of paper that had an eagle imprinted on one side. And as I was sanding it, the eagle appeared. And since it appeared I thought that the Star of David would go well and I added it to the design.
The eagle signifies inspiration, release from bondage, victory, longevity, speed, pride, father, and royalty. It’s often used as an emblem for powerful nations. Eagles are among the world's largest birds of prey.
People often see them as living symbols of power, freedom, and transcendence. For many years people have taken Eagles as a symbol of beauty, bravery, courage, honor, pride, determination, and grace.
The Star of David is the symbol most commonly linked to Judaism today but dates back to as early as the bronze age. There are a lot of ideas about where the Star of David gets its symbolic meaning.
Some say it represents the idea that God rules the universe in all six directions: North, South, East, West, Up, and Down. Some say that the two triangles represent the balance between good and evil. And then there’s those that notice that there are 12 sides on the Star of David and that it represents the 12 tribes of Israel.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)