Art Bead Scene are having an ornament blog hop so I decided to jump in, it’s my first blog hop so I hope I get it right.
I first set out to make a traditional Christmas decoration but at this time of year I feel really connected to the seasons, there is something very comforting in the rhythms of nature, so my decoration is nature inspired.
There is a place nearby that’s quite special to me, I love to walk in the conifer woods, I love all the mosses, lichens and ferns, and there’s some lovely stripy rocks which contain iron. My special place may be a little off the beaten track and peaceful now but it used to be a mining area, even as far back as Roman times.
All of the components in this piece are handmade by Kiln Fired Art, that’s me! I hope to be adding more metal clay and ceramic components to my Etsy shop in 2014.
The fir cone and fern charms were also made from the finds on my woodland walk, they are made from bronze and copper metal clay.
I decided to make this ornament to hang on my door handle so I wired everything onto a copper washer, including one of my lampwork beads, I wanted to keep it looking rustic. The copper hook was forged from a scrap of copper wire I had left over from making a bangle, I ran it through the rolling mill to flatten it out, then textured it with my hammer.
All I need now is to find a bit of jute ribbon to tie it to the door handle. Edited to say the ribbon arrived just in time
Now grab a coffee and hop over to ABS blog and visit the other blog hoppers to see what everyone has made.