See. I knew I liked you. Part 1 is going to take a little longer and likely require a large glass of wine. And who drinks wine at 2 in the afternoon? Oh wait, I do. Just not on Friday.
I should probably tell you that some of what I say is meant tongue in cheek. The rest of the time I am typing with my tongue. Also? I am easily distracted, so let me get back on track.
If you've been reading my blog you know my focus frequently shifts to my Jars of Clay series. It is very personal for me and something that has been a long time coming. For now I am going to share with you the significance of the finished jewelry. It is hard to keep my emtional attachment in check with these, so if I get slobber on your screen~ sorry about that.
The 'jars' are glass focals that I wind at my torch and later cold work to make usable in bead embroidery. They were accidentally born in 2003 at a time of intense soul searching and became a personal reminder to allow the potter (God) to work the clay (me).
You might notice that the colors have been carried outward from the Jar into the beadwork. This represents striving to allow one's outside to reflect the light and beauty that lives inside each of us; to remain true to the unique gifts that are our own.
The focal pendants are suspended from the necklaces by 3 individual strands. One each to personify the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The necklaces are double stranded to symbolize the duality of man and to acknowledge that our choices, all of them, are a matter of free will.
Each necklace is adorned with a single hand at the end of an extension chain. It is there to serve as a reminder of God's constant presence in our lives~ His hand at work both in us and around us.
How awesome is it, and how blessed am I, that my gifts allow me not only to connect to but also to express my spiritual creativity? It's better than chocolate. And cake. And chocolate filled chocolate cake double dipped in chocolate.
Thanks, God. You're nice.