27 February 2013

First Signs of Spring

"The wood is decked in light green leaf.
The swallow twitters in delight.
The lonely vine sheds joyous tears
Of interwoven dew and light.

Spring weaves a gown of green to clad

The mountain height and wide-spread field.
O when wilt thou, my native land,
In all thy glory stand revealed?"

-  Ilia Chavchavadze,

I am longing for spring. For the bright green bursts of buds to liven up the trees and the landscape to be infused with color and life. While I find a quiet beauty in winter, I am sick of the stark contrast of this vista. I long for sunshine and warm breezes, new life pushing through the dank dark mounds of earth, for the birds to begin their chorus of trilling happiness.
I created this bracelet called "First Signs of Spring" inspired by the cheery cherry blossoms and little birdies of the woodblock print for the Art Bead Scene February challenge Heijinja by Toshi Yoshida.

I sculpted a bird's nest box clasp in polymer clay and painted a turquoise patina on a little brass birdie in a copper love knot nest. The blooms are silver plated and Czech glass, Swarovski crystal and coils of balled headpins along with intricately detailed polymer clay blossoms from the lovely Miss Elaine of TooAquarius.

Tomorrow is the reveal of the February monthly blog tour that I curate from all the entries in this month's Flickr pool. I hope you will join me at the Art Bead Scene tomorrow! 


Monique said...

What a sweet bracelet, Erin... I love the play of bright silver with the touches of turquoise and pink. Elaine's wonderful blossoms are just the ticket, aren't they?

steufel said...

Wonderful piece, Erin! Just love it. And I'm tired of winter too. Here in Germany it was way to gloomy compared to the years before. In a normal winter we have about 160 hours of sunshine, this year a mere 100...

Cassi Renee said...

That is just beautiful. I love how full it is, and I also love Elaine's PC flowers. How great that would be to wear with a pretty spring dress and sandals.

cw whitedogjewelry said...

Oh so pretty!

Maplegirl said...

I too want spring (but not ready for the weeds that come with it). Yesterday was a brilliant sun before another snowstorm here today in Eastern Ontario, Canada. Thanks, I needed that glance at spring in your bracelet today (snow, and cloudy skies please go away). Andrea

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Anonymous said...

So much to enjoy in this bracelet and makes me long for spring, too. Love the two little birdie/nest pieces you tucked in.

BackstoryBeads said...

So fresh and pretty! Between the pink and the turquoise and that hint of violet, I'm ready for Spring NOW!!

Janet Bocciardi said...

The exuberance of Spring is personified in your beautiful bracelet!

Caron Michelle said...

This is stunning Erin - a beautiful interpretation of this months challenge!

SueBeads said...

Love the bracelet! Perfect for the picture!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

so pretty and matches the picture really well. you are awesome!


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