Welcome and Happy Halloween!
Its reveal day at Art Jewelry Elements, and this month was a Raven themed challenge, hosted by Karen. ( Check out our raven posts here and here!) I have long loved ravens whether they are in Celtic and Norse myth – or the Tower of London… This month I was feeling the need to spread my wings a bit and I have done some raven themed artwork outside of the jewelry realm!
I wanted to sculpt ravens in polymer and incorporate them into a felt/beaded/mixed media piece. So here goes:
The wet felting and coffee counter space! I’m new to this, so my book is to my left. The bottom pictures show the wool roving laid out, and after the first stages of felting. The combination of water, soap and agitation creates the felting action.
These three are the results of that afternoon felting session. I was trying to estimate shrinkage, which can be a third or so. The larger piece wa too big – the others were just right.
Here they are with their ravens!
Last week I had a work/lunch/date with Marsha. ( You know her from Marsha Neal Studio, but she is also now working at Sarafina Fiber Arts.) I sat down to embellish and bead my ravens and Marsha generously shared some of the equisite dyed curly locks from Sarafina. She was needle felting/sculpting great little gnome guys. And Peeves the cat was her normal charming feline self.
This one was complete with the curly/silky locks. No beads needed. I did add an antique button to anchor the piece and address a transition on the embellishments. This will be mounted and framed… how? I’m not sure yet. It was still a little too large for the IKEA frames I had. Like I said – calculating guessing shrinkage.
So the second piece was destined for beads! I had taken all this to Texas with me when I went to visit family earlier in the month. Hadn’t touched it at all… I used vintage rose montees, bugle beads, O beads, drops, you name it. I do find the irridescent dark beads rather hard to photograph. I was pleased with the shapes in the felt, and being able to position the polymer raven to echo those shapes.
Now – not to leave jewelry behind totally – I already have existing designs for 2 raven pendants and a newer crow design. (You can read about the crow glazing process here.) I decided to try a few new designs – and haven’t actually gotten further than the molds! On the left is a very Pacific NorthWest/Native American style raven. It will have fine line details carved into the clay, and be glazed in a high contrast decorative style. On the right is a larger piece, inspired by the myths in which Raven stole the sun. I look forward to trying these in ceramic clay AND in polymer.
Oh drat! There is ONE more raven design – still in a plaster mold at the work studio! I will update you ASAP!
This was a great theme, rich in multicultural connections and fabulous inspiration. I feel like I have barely gotten started and the month is over! Stay tuned for more ravens – and until then please take a look at the other diverse offerings created this month!
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7 thoughts on “Raven’s Knowledge: the Art Jewelry Elements October reveal”
Beautiful pieces Jenny one and all…It’s great to be taking this felting journey with you and to see how our brains interpret themes like this. Thanks for the inspiration!
I am in love with your felted pieces Jenny, they make me think of dreams and magic with all of the beautiful swirling texture and beads. Looking forward to seeing the clay pieces finished!
The wool felting pieces are fabulous. I’ve never tried it (I’m allergic, eek!) so I can only imagine the challenges. I am looking forward to seeing some finished pieces from those molds. Especially the Pacific NW/Native American version. I quite love the two ravens I got from you already and would love to add to my collection.
That is amazing. I love it.
My daughter did some felting in her university metals study, combining it with sterling silver, in jewelry. So I am quite fascinated by your work here. I love the wispy, evocative wool in the first piece and your flying raven in the 2nd piece is captivating. Looking forward to the other ravens you have started as well.
Your felted pieces are amazing! That curly wool is very cool but I think the one in flight is my favorite.
I truly do not know if you are from this world. Your talent to capture nature in its glory blows my mind completely. I am blessed beyond words to not only see your work but know you and call you friend.