19 Mar Relics & Artifacts ‘Visages’ Bracelet
Some months ago I purchased a batch of Sandra Evertson’s fabulous Relics & Artifacts matte resin elements. The range features a vast array of shapes and sizes derived from intriguing antique pieces such as ex voto hearts, elegant hands, wings, a crowd of faces and decorative flourishes. I am constantly inspired seeing the wonderful artworks created by the Relics & Artifacts ‘Tribe’.
Today I devoted a few hours to making my first piece – a bracelet. Since I first saw Relics & Artifacts I knew I would make a bracelet. I saw it in my mind’s eye and today I just got down to it, rummaging in my box of paints and inks to collect together embellishments.
Here is the outcome, my ‘Visages’ bracelet.
It is made using the Faces from Sandra’s range and a decoupaged wooden bracelet blank. The bracelet has been decoupaged with genuine old papers – dating to 1744. Yes, the papers in this design are 274 years old! I like to have antique authenticity in my work, and this piece is no different. I also used gold Dresden elements, gold leafing pens, walnut ink and a ton of Mod Podge.
What inspired the aesthetic of this design is the decoupage art that was popular in the earl 19th century. Gold Dresdens just like these were used by ‘ladies’ to decorate boxes, albums and pictures. As a huge fan of Neoclassical style, this bracelet aims to evoke the regal style of post-Revolution France as an homage to antiquity revived. #raheartless
UPDATE: this bracelet design won the inaugural Relics & Artifacts Instagram ‘Heartless’ challenge, chosen from entires from all around the world.