Woodland Pond Necklace
This Woodland Pond Necklace was inspired by Skipwith Common Nature Reserve, near my studio. If you walk along the old RAF airstrip in the common, you pass some ponds which are a haven for wildlife. They have this deep green look to them, from the alge. I reproduced this using sea glass that has been fired in the kiln.
Helen makes the pendant using precious metal clay (PMC). It features a moon through the trees with she has coated in 24kt Gold leaf, using a technique called Kum Boo. Specs of dichroic frit have been added to represent the moon light through the trees.
The pendant is sold with a handmade chain featuring peridot and labradorite gemstones and a handmade clasp.
This piece of jewellery is the cornerstone of the NEW Woodlands Collection. It started me on my journey to develop this range. Coordinating earrings are available.
I love wandering through our local woodland and imagining what was through the trees, who had walked the same paths, places, how they lived and what they did. My imagination is sparked by the woodland and common beyond my studio, wondering what the ancient bronze-age people did, or the farmers grazing their sheep on the common land, or the WW2 pilots who trained here before going off to fight their battles in the sky. I try to imagine those people walking between the trees, through that same mist, in the morning light or the moonlight many years ago. I reflect this as though looking through my windows; ‘Windows’ that look through the woodland, the trees and the birds and make you wonder what else is through there.
I use metal clay (a mouldable silver) to create mini pictures through my windows. I connect with the moon and the light it spreads through the trees. The moon is represented in both silver and moonstone, with light being represented by gold leaf or glass specks,or patination on the silver. The water on the Common is shown as glass ‘ponds’. To reinforce the colour and reflective nature of the light I have used peridot and labradorite in my chains.