Rebekah sent me a lovely little copper heart, and it arrived a couple of days before my surgery. I fondled it often during recovery, attempting to generate an idea to no avail. And then the lovely Jenny sent me a recovery package and the entire design came together 5 minutes after opening the envelope! I give you Dino Love - aka All Dinosaurs Go To Heaven:
Back in January, Jenny had shown off a pendant in progress with this amazing dinosaur stamp. I ogled it thoroughly, but never thought that she would send it to me! I did a little bit of research about the stamp, and discovered that it was issued in 1970 as part of a 4 stamp set commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Natural History Museum. You can read more about it and see the other stamps here. Jenny was kind enough to include some beads to go with the pendant, including the copper peacock spotted daggers. I love how those spots match the color of the heart, and I finished off the necklace with some of my favorite leather lace in a nice rusty tan color.
Just look at all these details! Jenny really managed to capture all of the colors in the stamp with the paint on the pendant. The texture on the heart is so delicate, and the word on the side perfectly sums up how I feel about all things prehistoric. To connect the pendant to the leather strap, I raided my stash of Czech lampwork and found these sugar beads - silver foil inside of amethyst glass with emerald green frit "sugar". I love how they pull all the greens and purples in the rest of the piece together, and add a bit of sparkle too.
Look, two beauty shots this time! I didn't realize until I was done with the beading that the heart looks like it has wings - hence the secondary title of this piece "All Dinosaurs Go To Heaven". I can't wait to see what everyone else has done with Rebekah's hearts! I hope you will hop along with all of us!
Karin Grosset Grange