The bold brass sun in this found object necklace is known as a 'Sun in Splendour' a symbol in which sixteen points of light radiate from a human faced sun. Originally a heraldic charge, it was used as a badge by Edward II England (13th century) and later adopted by Edward IV after a 'sun-dog' appeared before his victory at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross in 1461. There are also theories that the 'Sun in Splendour', which has significance in alchemy, originates the Roman deity Sol Invictus (unconquered sun).
This particular sun started life as horse brass - I use these a lot in my jewelry as they often employ symbology with deep and ancient traditions. The thick silk rope of the necklace is lucet braided deep maroon sari silk, the ends wrapped in oxidized copper wire. The lucet is a two pronged tool dating back to the Middle Ages used to make chords and belts.
The braided silk rope is around 21 inches (53 1/2 cm) and has hand forged copper hooks at each end which link to the bar of the sun. The sun is around 3 1/2 inches (8 1/2 cm) from top to bottom.
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In this world of online shopping, free shipping is becoming the norm. I'm trialling offering free shipping for some of my items to see if this suits my customers' better.
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My work is organic and purposefully rustic. My pieces take a journey with me as I create them and this aesthetic celebrates the signposts that mark this journey - surface stitches, tool marks, texture and patina are beautiful.
I use found and salvaged objects a lot in my work. These tell a story and reflect my commitment to sustainability.
Pricing is one of the hardest things for an artist. I try to keep my prices accessible, whilst reflecting the time and materials that have gone into creating my pieces.
My process is very organic and personal so, the short answer is no, I don't generally take custom orders. However, please feel free to reach out to me if you have something in mind. I've worked with several of my regular customers to create a piece that uses a material or object that holds a special meaning for them.