Club Creative Studio’s Blog today is called: Between A Rock. I have used stones, rocks and gems in several art creations. I have never felt like I was”caught between a rock and a hard place” when designing with them because there are so many options to incorporate wire to create mixed media art.
One recent and particular custom piece comes to mind to speak about because it had special significance to the person requesting that I design an item that incorporated her “fool’s gold”. This nugget was special because her husband was a truck driver and he had the idea to “do something with this” someday. He did not get around to it but, she kept it close to her heart since he passed away. Fast forward to 41 years later, his bride decided for him to do “something” with it she gave it to me to create something special.
It is a sweet story that I will never forget.
I love knowing that special meaning can be associated with art. I love knowing that something that I created with love had more love associated with it for someone else.
If we take time to look around our world, you might find yourself appreciating the little things in life like rocks and pebbles. The next time you find one, take time to admire the marbling effects, the texture, the shape and even the weight of nature. A mere stone is special if it is a single stone or grouped into a functional or natural setting. Here are photos of a few man-made stone walls found in the Western part of North Carolina. I could not resist taking photos of my views. I wonder if you appreciate them as well.
Many natural stones or dyed rocks have interesting patterns, as highlighted in my cuff bracelet design here. Enjoy, admire, own it.Historically, stones have important status. Paleo archeologists have discovered evidence dating back 250 million years suggesting that pre historic man used warm clay, earth and stone in medicines. The use of clays for healing was also recorded around 2500 B.C. in Mesopotamia. Some scholars also believe that other prehistoric ancestors used ochres made from naturally tinted clay and iron oxides were used not only to paint caves, but also to heal wounds. Interestingly, iron is a main element in the basalt stones used in modern-day stone massage therapy.
Lodestone, a magnetic rock, was discovered in China around 8th century BC. It is believed that needles made from these magnetic stones around this time replaced bone acupuncture needles. And in Japan, warm stones were worn around the waist to aid digestion. Stones also play an important role in Native American beliefs. Some tribal elders believe stones to be ancient beings that have souls. Stones were also used in northern Europe as the original electric blankets without the electricity. People would put warm stones in bed. Warm stones were also used during childbirth to help reduce pain and spasms.
And, if you found yourself in the generation of the PET ROCK, or know of the WORRY STONE, rocks take on additional meanings. I have been working for the past few days creating bracelets that have wire and various stones. I like the feeling that there is a deeper connection to nature when I am creating with stone. I’ll be highlighting those creations soon as I find ways to perfect my wrapping techniques further.
What type of people like stone jewelry? I think anyone can “rock” this look because it is natural and can be a very neutral accessory. People are drawn to the earth themes of wearing a stone accessory. It is quite opposite from the shiny bling of a diamond or gemstone. Adding a rock item to your collection of accessories provides a variety in range from semi-precious stones or a common rock you can find on a curbside or natural forest path. No matter if a stone is man-made or dyed, it can bring a look of nature, calmness and simplicity. Smooth or rugged, a stone piece can be a statement piece of wearable art or a simple highlight of what nature has to offer us. Stones can be used in their natural state, carved, polished, combined with other elements, caged in wire, attached to a pendant and even made as a faux clay bead. There is no limit to the display of a real stone in jewelry except for its weight. Many artists attempt to mimic qualities of stone in other mediums. A common look is from turquoise, and marble. And why not? The natural stones can be expensive and hard to find, not to mention heavy to wear in their real states.
Please visit and revisit the Natural Stone section in the Club
Creative Studio online storefront. Inventory changes often!
Are you attracted to rocks? Do you enjoy wearing jewelry that has rocks incorporated? Club Creative Studio has items that are unique and are inspired by nature.
Be sure to check out the website to view wire-wrapped stones. It is truly Art That Will Set You Apart!