YOJ Wk 1: Winged Things #3 Marth-ra by Delia Stone

Okay, well for my friends here who follow my blog or whom I know from jewelry forums may already be familiar with the pendant on this piece. Her name is Marth’ra and she is from my Winged Things Series. So what’s new about this piece that qualifies it for my week one entry?

For one, Marth-ra is no longer just a pendant. She is now a full fledged necklace. I decided that I wanted to enter Marth-ra into the Fire Mountain Gems 2011 ‘Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework or Chain’ Jewelry making contest. When I went to enter her two days ago I realized that there is no category for pendants – only necklaces, hence her transformation from simple pendant to necklace. Something else that makes this peice worthy of my week one entry is that entering contests is a new experience for me. I have never entered a contest like this and find it a bit intimidating, frankly, but I’m taking the plunge in the spirit of ‘new beginnings’.

Below is the information I submitted about her construction.
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The awesome new selection of carved bone faces that Fire Mountain Gems aquired this past year got my creative juices flowing. The moment I saw these smaller 16 mm and 12 mm faces I knew I would be making unique designs with them. At first I had visions of winged fairys, which brought me to create my first winged thing, Titania Queen of the Faeries. My fairy Marth-ra was inspired specifically by a picture of a beautiful Lunar moth that I found in a field guide. I just knew the moment that I saw the picture that I had to make a fairy pendant with the wings modeled after the moth in the picture … and Marth-ra was born!

I created the delicate wings by adapting an historic lace making technique known as needle lace to wire work. The results were fantastic! Delicate, light, airy, beautiful wings! The silver spirals on her wings are meant to portray movement. The body of Marth-ra is a lovely high quality piece of labradorite. When the pendant was completed it was clear that she deserved a special neckpiece, hence I created this special adjustable length filigree chain and embellished it with tiny labradorites and freshwater pearls. The final piece was oxidized and hand polished to reveal the fine details in the wire work.
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I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but not holding my breath. Wish me luck, gang!

By the way, as a side note we have confirmed a total of 80 participants in the Year of Jewlery Project! Lucky for all of us following it, whether you’re participating or following for the incredible gallery of inspiring work, there will be 80 beautiful peices of eye candy for your viewing pleasure every week for the rest of the first quarter! Check out the other entries for this week here: Year of Jewlery 2011 Week 1

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13 thoughts on “YOJ Wk 1: Winged Things #3 Marth-ra by Delia Stone

  1. Cindi, thanks for the vote of confidence. 🙂 I will keep my fingers crossed but won’t hold my breath. lol I’m dying to know when finalist will be notified but can’t seem to find any info on that. Frustrating when you’re sitting on pins and needles! grrrr

  2. What a wonderful commentary for your creation Delia! I love your winged series. I want to be like you when I grow my skills! You do marvelous work. And you are very inspiring. I enjoy looking at and studying your work. I would like to learn a few a your skills! (Actually, all of them!)
    Thanks for the encouragement. You will do great and I hope Marth-ra will too!
    Laura

  3. Thank you for the kind words Laura. 🙂 I appreciate YOUR encouragement. I am feeling a bit intimidated about entering the contest. I’ve never done anything like this before and I’m a tad nervous about the outcome. I’m sure they have thousands of entries. Whose to say that mine will stand out?

  4. Delia, turning Marth-ra into a necklace was a grand idea. She is a beauty created with an artisans magic. The necklace is a perfect adornment for her. I love the wire work. I wish you both well in the contest.

    I also want to thank you for YOJ encouragement. Joining is a first and big step for me. It is a little intimidating with so much talent yet I will do my best to grow and learn.

  5. I don’t know how you made her lovelier but you did with the wonderful necklace addition. Pendant/necklace….think i know the difference now…..best of luck with the contest….but i think your going to WIN! ♥

    • Thanks Sue. 🙂 I thought I had considered adding Marth-ra to one of these filigree chains before and decided that I didn’t like it too much. I look back and can’t imagine why now because I really think it works very well with the pendant, though I should/could have added a little gold accent here and there in the chain – which I’m likely to do eventually. 🙂 A bit too late for the contest though. Oh well! 🙂 You know, since I added this chain to her I have found that I really like the way she looks … ON ME, more than anything. LOL I’m afraid that I’m likely to end up keeping her for myself at this rate. lol

    • Awwww… thanks Doreen! You are always so encouraging. 🙂 And thank you and Jean again for coming to the show at the Gallery on Friday. I really appreciate your support. 🙂 ::hug::

  6. I stumbled upon your website today, and have to tell you: amazing jewellery! And the site is very beautiful too.

    Thank you for the helpful etching tips!

    Greetings from wintry Scandinavia,
    Helena

    • Helena,
      Thank you for the kind words. 🙂 I hope you have fun with your etching experiments! Stay warm over there … if you can. Brrrrr. It’s in the 60’s here in Tropical Florida, USA today. I count myself as lucky!

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