I was playing along quite well until last August, when we sold our house and I moved twice. I read the books, bought or created components, and have several finished and half-finished pieces hanging around. I hope to compose a catch-up post next month.
So, now that the studio is set up and I've found most of my tools and supplies, I'm ready to play again!
This month we read Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer. It is the story of Christopher McCandless, a young man in his 20's, from an affluent family, who decided to give away all of his money and venture alone into the Alaskan wilderness. Sadly after 4 months, probably due to his inexperience and naivete, McCandless perished.
Krakauer included historical references to adventurers and mountain climbers, as well as comparisons to his own experiences. My inspiration came when I read about Krakauer's obsession with Devil's Thumb. a mountain in the Stikine Ice Cap region of south east Alaska.
The name and description immediately brought to mind an artist bead I purchased just before Christmas at the Wake Forest Farmer's Market.
It didn't really scream Alaska to me, either.
But... do you get the thumb???
And we're supposed to be inspired ~ no one said it had to be an exact representation.
The bead did scream Sleeping Beauty Turquoise. Happily, I had some left from last year's Tucson trip. That and some chocolate brown freshwater pearls ~ Wah-La
I kept it super simple this month, because I am still getting my act together.
The pendant did pose a slight design challenge as the hole was slightly off center at the base.
I flattened 18 gauge silver wire to form a loop so it wouldn't look quite as lop-sided.
Now for the freaky part ~~~
This morning, I decided to research Devil's Thumb.
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Hey Y’all (I’m a southerner now!)
Don’t forget to visit AndrewThornton’s blog to see who else was inspired this month.