Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Polaris Necklace

The Moon and Stars
The stars that round the Queen of Night
Like maids attend her
Hide as in veils of mist their light
When she, in full-orbed glory bright.
O'er all the earth shines from her height,
A silver splendour.
Sappho, c. 610-570 B.C.
I've always loved the stars. From picking out constellations in the night sky, to learning about black holes and supernovas in one of my many outer space books, I've always been fascinated by their mysterious beauty. I've painted them several times, but up until now I had yet to make something in metal. I think I'd been avoiding it at the risk of making something so cliché. I mean, how many times has a star necklace been made? The more I thought about it though, I decided to give it a try. I wanted to craft a star to be unique and asymmetrical. Imperfect, just like the stars themselves. So I began by taking bits of metal and soldering them to make the star's points:
I continued that process, making each point unique:
I polished and refined the piece, and I am so happy with how it turned out!
The Polaris necklace is available here!
Beautiful images courtesy of NASA/JPL, and edited by LazyDaysPhotos.
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