Thursday, March 22, 2012

Work in Progress - Facets

Are these not the most joyful thing you have seen all day?

A faceted rainbow, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
I have been working hard on these all this week; shaping, sanding, forming, faceting, texturing, riveting and soldering.

Spring sunshine on the 'work in progress' pendants, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2012
It feels like spring has sprung on my workshop bench.  Work on these little morsels of colour has been a little sanctuary in amongst a rising tide of other stuff (less beautiful stuff, and definitely more grey and black in colour).

Oh, and the backs, well, if your are frequent Hybrid Handmade-er you will know that I like my backs to be as pretty as my fronts.  It's an important detail I feel - especially if you were in a rush, wearing this pendant, and then, you arrive at your important appointment, a little flustered (as you are now a tiny bit late) and the person you are there to meet greets you by saying 'how lovely to see you, my, what a fabulous necklace!'  You look down, and see that your pendant is in fact the wrong way round (becasue you were rushing) - but this doesn't matter because it is a Hybrid Handmade pendant and....the back is as beautiful as the front.  I rest my case.

Back detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2011
A beautiful piece of dried Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris).  I pick these seed heads in the forests local to my atelier.

Elsewhere, I have used my trademark leaf texture.  Always so beautifully stunning - I still marvel at the intricacy every time I pull this through my rolling mill.

Back detail, Cari-Jane Hakes, March 2011
I await and await the contrasting cords.  The first lot turned up but I was less than impressed with their thickness (one of the problems of shopping for supplies on-line) - however, more is on its way!

It is spring here and autumn elsewhere.  Don't you feel like it is the time when the world is in some kind of harmony?  A harmony of colour.

Bonne Nuit mes amis.


  1. I love the creative journeys your kind takes with your work, cOmbination of journey, pastiche, assemblage and discovery. It inspires me.... Soon soon I will be back at it for the first time in years. Not sure what doing yet....

    1. looking forward to it Andrea - what ever it is - I'm sure it's going to be GOOD!

  2. Wow these are gorgeous, let me know when they are for sale, I think I might drop a hint for a present!

    1. will do! soon and very soon - I have few almost ready for listing.


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