Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Telling the Runes

Runes are the letters in a related set of alphabets known as runic alphabets, used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of Latin, and used for specialised purposes afterwards. The earliest date from 150 AD onwards, found in Denmark and Germany. They were still used in rural Sweden for decorative purposes well into the 20th c.

I came across these gorgeous, pitted ancient looking beads while browsing Etsy. This one is Kenaz - the rune for creativity or knowledge. Josephine Wadman makes a selection of them them to order (and yes, I do have more!)

I wanted to express the nature of creativity with them so the earrings contain one of my favourite things to work with - Lucy Haslams 'punkies'. She know I love all things gothic and made some of these specially  for me to use as connectors - I've had large and small, long and short and love them all.  I'm not giving away her special recipe but there's a lot of  soldering going on...….and each one is unique, the very essence of creativity.

Natural stones seemed 'right' with these so I used slabs of silverleaf jasper, and beads of warm jasper and dark haematite.  The 'create' tag is pewter. And of course, vintaj chain. Great earthy colours.

                    I'll be popping these in my Etsy shop forthwith. See you again in two weeks!

                                                                           Lindsay x

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  1. Very creative, I love the combination of beads with Lucy's 'punkies' x

  2. Love love love these. Perfectly asymmetrical!

  3. So creative. Love the earthiness!

  4. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy receiving a new edition of 'Earrings Everyday'! These, asymmetric earrings inspired me to write to tell you! They are really great! Thank you especially for highlighting where to obtain the components made by other artists. I've purchased many components thanks to you pointing me in the right direction on etsy! Keep inspiring! <3

    1. Thankyou so much - happy that other artists benefit too.