Saturday, April 11, 2009

Love affair: me and Russian gems

I've just finished another pendant with a stone from Valentina's shop.
This time, it is marvelous Russian jasper. It started talking to me not more than a week ago, asking for ivory, pearls and furs. Imagine that!

The inspiration for it came from two sources. The pendant itsef is inspired by the book of fairytales of people of Northern Russia that I bought to my sons. But the technical part of making it got inspiration from beadwork of a talented Russian artist Guzell Bakeeva, a piece of bead embroidery on fur.

I called it Due North. Well, the timing is not perfect, perhaps (lagom till sommaren). But hey - when stones start talking to you, it's impossible to just ignore it!



And yes, it is not supposed to be symmetric or straight!

P.S. I have used a small bit of a Fair Trade reindeer (caribou) pelt, produced by Saami-people in North of Sweden.

8 comments:

Karen Gill hidingplacebeadery.etsy.com said...

Wow! Cool, Olga!! I like it!

Swanee said...

OMG! This is amazing! You are one creative woman!

Foxan said...

Thank you so much! :)

One of my friends said that it would do well on a winter wedding. Pity that I started beading after getting married ;)

Dini said...

You are insanely talented! That's a compliment - I know you know it!!

BeadsForever said...

Oh Olga, how creative and talented you are. Simply marvelous!

beadsandblooms said...

What an unusual and lovely piece! It looks like it would be fun to wear not only because it's beautiful but because it would probably tickle!! lol

Dawn N said...

It's beautiful and so creative. I've never seen anything like it before.

Triz Designs said...

wow! that is one stunning piece of jewelry!!!! I LOVE it!!!