|Hungry robin nesting in front of our home|
|Another robin in back of our home|
It is only natural that these thoughts of spring and summer should ignite my creative juices to pull out the cicada wings that I collected at the end of August last year. Each year, at the end of summer, I step carefully around the cicadas that rest on our sidewalks. I find the big bugs rather eerie.
|This is a cicada I collected last summer.|
It seems that I am drawn to things that elicit a goose-bumpy response to obtain a closer look or to study their foreboding morphology. Cockroaches are one of those daunting things. I don't think you will see me working with roaches, but never say never. Anyway, when studying the cicadas I noticed their wings were coarsely veined.
|Notice the deeply ridged and fibrous veins of the wings|
Since I enjoy working with my rolling mill I thought I would see what would happen if I milled a wing against annealed copper. The results were pretty fantastic, especially when highlighting the metal with liver of sulfur. I want to disclaim that all the bugs that I use were found dead. I'm very sensitive to life and nature.
After getting out my stash of wings I created a pair of earrings from copper and silver wire. I like to use the copper, as it anneals softer and accepts the impression more deeply than the silver. I also like the contrast of the copper with the silver. On these I included a small pearl at the bottom.
Now, that my wings are out and ready for use I think that I will create another piece of jewelry from them. I so enjoy the freedom to create from the heart and working with metal and wire allows my inner child to emerge.
If anyone reading this has something unusual they like to work with, feel free to share this by posting your thoughts in the comments section below.
Wishing you all a happy spring and a great entry into summer!!