Thursday, February 13, 2014

bird in the hand

Last year our plucky heroine was commissioned to make a pendant based on an ancient Greek coin... and, as happens on occasion, there is another person who, on seeing pictures of the first owl pendant, asked if another one could be made as a special gift for their spouse this Friday. It isn't my holiday, but I delight in turning folks ideas into reality... Since an exact copy would be inappropriate, leaving off the lettering and reversing the colors of the image gave an equally graphic result, and as always, the wonderful French Soyer enamels made by Cristallerie de Saint Paul are a delight to work with.

Somehow the words "a bird in the hand" came to mind, and this image shows rather the scale of the pendant; the actual enamel is approximately 1 1/4" in diameter, and set in a very simple silver setting.
The setting is marked on the reverse with my makers mark (here much enlarged) a horse courant regardant, surmounted with a crown. The design is the primary charge from my heraldry, to signify moving forward without losing sight of the past. The actual horse stamp is only 4mm x 5mm (about half the size of my pinkie fingernail), and the detailing is pretty amazing given the size. The horse stamp was cut for me by my dear and dearly missed late friend Ian Cnulle.


  1. Beautiful (pendant) and Beautiful (maker's mark).
    Hoping that you are thawing out!

  2. What a beautiful piece! How lucky for those who desire such beauty to cherish and to gift, to have the gift of YOUR hands and heart to make it so! xoxo

  3. Some day, I will be in a position to commission a piece from you! Good lord'n'butter that's gorgeous work.

    You continue to delight and amaze!