What a dapper chap! I was inspired by a few posts and popularity of my LED experiments in design. Found an old skull charm, gave him goggles and cobbled together a top hat from an XL brass eyelet, some cut brass tubing and walled setting. I attached it at a slight jaunty angle. Couldn’t resist installing a tiny LED within the skull set in resin. Like my other pieces it’s powered by putting a small clutch battery pack on a small post. The whole piece is set on a stick pin so it could be worn on a cravat or dress coat. Unfortunately, the LED has made it very difficult to photograph accurately. The light seems too bright but in reality it’s just an eerie green glow. Perfect finish to a gentleman’s outfit who dabbles in the macabre and dark arts. The batteries are easy to replace.
Happy Halloween/Samhain/Late Autumn folks! As promised last year, for a little while I’m bringing back some special moss pendants in time for the season; ones made with some local cemetery moss.
All of this moss was collected in a small pinch taken from a local historic cemetery.* I have nine pendants available this week, six small ones featuring “Worm Moss” (Bryoandersonia illecebra), and three larger rectangle pendants featuring “Palm Tree Moss” (Climacium dendroides). I should have a few more pieces available in the coming couple of weeks, as well.
Grave moss has long had a folkloric and symbolic association with spirits and the dead – perfect for the time of year when the veil, they say, is most thin.
(*No graves were disturbed in the harvesting of the moss, the moss was harvested from one of the oldest parts of the cemetery, far away from any plots that may still have mourners, the moss was taken from the ground, not a headstone).
All of these will be available tomorrow, Sunday the 20th of October at 12pm EST!
We’re now well into November, but I still have one, final batch of these to go! I was all ready for last week to be the last time these were available for the year, but as I was going through my dried specimens I realized I had an additional box of the specimens that wouldn’t quite fit in the main box.
I’m out of the Palm Tree Moss but have about 7 of the larger pendants with big feathery specimens of the Worm Moss, as well as 24 small pendants.
This last batch will be available tomorrow, Sunday November 10th at 1:30pm EST!
This is made from a gold plated fuse, used in high end stereo for superior sound quality. They have such a great look – atompunk/mid century – I didn’t want to really alter the look. The internal gold plate “S” connection has such great form I couldn’t improve on it. I’ve sold several attached horizontally on a cord for men’s jewellery. Audiophiles love them.
But I wanted to highlight it with light. On the bottom of the fuse I’ve installed an LED with a connection post running through the base cap. The light is turned on by plugging that pin into a small silver tone battery pack. It holds tight to the pin. The battery pack unscrews at the top so batteries can be replaced. The bracket holding the fuse is not fixed so you could turn it up the other way and have the battery pack on the top of the fuse. To balance the piece without the battery I created a similar post on the other end.
Why should fun jewellery, brave jewellery design using light be the domain of gaudy kitsch – plastic flashing Christmas earrings, disposable dance/rave accessories and cheap novelty toys for kids? Why can’t it be used in high quality unique design? Yes, it’s a bit mad scientist and will certainly attract attention whether the light is on or off.