Monday, March 17, 2008

Tale of the Chinese Silk Goddess

Heart of Silk - Personal Reliquary Polymer Clay Storybook Necklace

Artist's Statement: For this very special one of a kind necklace, I decided to interpret this legend for myself using polymer clay and real silk moth cocoons from Etsy artist Larkspurfunnyfarm. The central reliquary pendant is made from a mosaic of polymer clay fashioned into the Silk Goddess. Images of Chinese cloth have been transfered onto polymer clay for her sleeves and peek through her layered, textured cocoon-like gown. A 10mm carved bone face is set in sterling silver within a halo of mica infused gold polymer, also set in a larger sterling silver bezel. She is hinged with brass, and opens to reveal an inner chamber housing a hand-dyed cocoon in cranberry red--a color considered sacred and worn only by the Royal Family. A tiny magnetic closure keeps her in place. All polished and sealed with clear acrylic. Below a rustic gold cocoon is suspended on black silk cord. 28 inches of antiqued silver chain finishes, made to slip over your head.

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