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 love this one. The beautiful dark lapis lazuli, like the night sky flecked with some stars.
Here’s the back, life size:
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.
I started out making the hair out of obsidian but the material was too brittle and liable to chip.
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:
A second pair of mother of pearl earrings with lapis inlay. Perhaps a theme is starting to develop.
Here they are life-size:
I got some old mother of pearl fruit-fork handles. The material is still in perfect preservation, after a hundred years or so. Here is the first finished piece made using the mother of pearl.
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.
And it the end I got this somewhat pensive angel. The head is about the size of a pea.