I wanted to start designing crosses for some time now but just got the 0pportunity to get a few done the other day. These are gifts to my friends Justin and Noelle. They both have a gothic influenced style about them which helped influence the style of these crosses.
I’m using gothic as a very general term, it’s actually more of a feeling than a style that I wanted to accomplish. I think you can accomplish your end goal of design if you keep that feeling, the initial feeling, in your intention while you create the piece. My intention for these pieces was to make them feel dark, hand made, with a salem witch, witch doctor, medieval, gothic, tribal feeling. Sounds absurd maybe to write all those thoughts out but I think intentions like that are important.
It was good to clarify what I wanted so that I knew what I didn’t want. I didn’t want bright metal. I wanted a muted dirty old metal look. Something that looks like it has been around for a long time. I wanted wood for sure. I also used waxed hemp to bind and decorate these. That gives a much more earthy feel to them. Slightly indigenous using raw materials in it’s construction.
There are beads used in the cross that are made of red tiger eye and jasper. The double rings have been engraved with the names of both mother and daughter to show their bond.
In the end I’m very happy with the way they turned out and now I have two more designs that I can use to put into my growing number of pieces I can offer for sale in the near future.
I set out to learn how to make jewelry by creating pieces for everyone in my family and it’s been an amazing experience so far. These pieces are just two more gifts I was blessed to give to people I love with the added benefit of learning and growing as an artist.
It’s fun to make people gifts. If you’ve made a gift that your proud of I’d love to hear about it in the comments…