This is the
largest Shaman Spirit Pendant I have made... all the
metal work is hand fabricated by me, even the silver
beads and cone ends and clasp.
There are several departures here. Hands instead of
arrows, Glyphs in 14K Gold and Sterling Silver, a Bone
face from Indonesia instead of Moonstone. This
features a nice freeform Morenci Turquoise.
Outlier stations include a Zia cross with Turquoise,
Sun symbol, Raven, and six pointed star with Turquoise.
The beads, I assembled from a variety of sources, most
especially obtained for this necklace. Turquoise from
Arizona and China, Spiny Oyster Shell, several
varieties of Antique Glass Trade Beads, Jasper, Lapis
Lazuli, Sodalite, and Amazonite.
This is my most major piece of late... I have been
working on it several months. I have developed my
Shaman Spirit designs from inspirations of Ancient
cultures and the Magic workers who walk between Worlds
to guide us. At one point recently my designs collided
with my love of the Southwest, especially Tucson, from
our many visits to the famous Gem Shows. This was
fueled by recently re-reading two favorite mythic
fiction novels set in the desert, "The Wood
Wife" by Terri Windling and "The Wind in his Heart" by
Charles de Lint. In the latter there are shape
shifting "cousins" who can take human or crow forms...
and for the first time I have added wings to my
Wingspan 76 millimeters = 3 inches
Top to bottom 62 millimeters = 2 3/8 inches
Necklace: About 28" long plus pendant