Snapped in the fields below Kirstenbosch. Click on the images to see the insects bigger. Some of them are quite interesting. All different, all taken in one session within 100m of each other. There were lots more. As JBS Haldane observed: “If there is a God, he must be inordinately fond of beetles.”

I had some lapis lazuli and, since the Medicine Buddha, the Buddhist image of healing, is commonly imagined as lapis lazuli-coloured or even made of lapis lazuli, I thought I’d make an abstraction of his face for a pendant.


Medicine Buddha Pendant: silver, jet, lapis lazuli


I started out making the hair out of obsidian but the material was too brittle and liable to chip.


Work in progress. Lapis lazuli and obsidian.

So I found some jet (fossilised coal), and after a bit of fiddling about, was able to produce a form that satisfies me. The silver part was carved in wax and cast. I used epoxy mixed with jet dust for the seams.

Here’s the finished item, actual size:


Medicine Buddha Pendant: silver, jet, lapis lazuli


Medicine Buddha

I really like angels, although I don’t ‘believe in’ them. This cabochon blue lace agate suggested the sky, and seemed to want an angel presiding over it.

It started as a quick sketch on a block of wax.


Outline of angel in wax.

And it the end I got this somewhat pensive angel. The head is about the size of a pea.


Angel Pendant: silver, blue lace agate



Angel Pendant, actual size

Here are four rings that play with the trope of the signet ring by using more than one stone. The idea is to get a play of colour and light onto the hand.These are just quick snaps with the iPhone. I’ll post better ones when I get the better camera going.