Guest FullMetalFrank Posted March 11, 2012 Share Posted March 11, 2012 (edited) I have been logging a lot of hours in the studio; when I am working, my mind can wander and sometimes I reminisce about life so far, and those I have lost. One day I was making a sample stretch vest, and Iberia was on my mind; sometimes I can get very sad but this time it seemed he wanted me to do something that was important. Make something, for myself. I have made pendants and charms with eat tattoos of beloved hounds who have crossed over; but had not done one for him, yet. I looked up his numbers, wrote them down and into the studio and sat down at my table, and started creating a pendant/charm. The copper oval disk got his numbers and a tree. huh? I don't usually do freehand embellishments when I make tattoo charms, etc... I created a faint group of branches reaching up through his numbers and used a number eight stamp held at various angles to create a canopy of leaves. The tree is subtle; but it is for me. I did not seem to concieve the idea myself; it was what he wanted. Then I placed the date he left me, 6-10-2003, on the brass heart I'd made. I arranged the beads I'd chosen and put the elements together ending up with a long, bold design I could wear on a chain or clip on my purse, phone, etc... I think it took me 2 hours start to finish. I like making jewelry; it's something I do for me; but I am still learning and not very efficient usually but this came right together, almost like a customer's request all spelled out what goes where. I attached it to a favorite silver chain and put it on, picked up tools, took a lunch break and went back to work this time doing the things I had on my list for the day; peaceful. I don't know if the pendant is a sign from my boy to forgive myself once and for all, or just my mind wandering and thinking up what I'd like as a remembrance of him. But I do know how it felt at the time. And how it feels when I look down at it. The heart covers much of the tree; it's not seen. Doesn't matter; that was for me, the Tree of Life to remind me that life carries on after loss; I should remember my life with him but not to dwell in the sadness and guilt that has lingered all these years. The tree continues to grow; so should I. The heart holds the day he died; it will keep those memories for me and let my heart be free to let go, and move forward. I can carry my boy's message to me always as a tangible reminder of the day he came to see me while I worked. If anyone's managed to stick thru my rambling post so far, Itook some pics. It is a tiny bit crude, once Gene coaches me on the oxyacetylene set-up I got myself for Valentine's Day I will begin to practice soldering jump rings, then move into putting together charms and jewelry with silver instead of the plated findings and then my first "project" will be to re-do Iberia's gift as a permanent and lasting piece. Edited March 11, 2012 by FullMetalFrank Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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