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Linked Together

I volunteered at the elementary school’s Book Fair this week.  I am supposed to be helping the little kids find books.  Finding something for myself is a side perk!  I bought myself The Little Book of Slime.  In it, are the most amazing creatures who are either made of slime or cover themselves with slime.   I found a fascinating sea creature called a pyrosome.

luminsecent pyrosome

This guy is made up of thousands of tiny zooids who link together with a gelatinous coating.  The colony is luminescent and its shining movement through the ocean currents is just beautiful! Here is a link to a story about a giant pyrosome that awed its finders.

and here is a link to a video of a pyrosome  in motion (there is also a story about squid in the same video and you know how I feel about octopi and squid!)

Of course, my mind went wandering to natural inspiration in the jewelry world and I wondered if the Vikings, who were fearless sailors traveling all over, found a pyrosome to inspire the beautiful Viking knit chains.  Viking knit is an ancient art and a very intricate and beautiful way to make chains.   This is one of the jewelry techniques I have always wanted to learn.   Time and old eyes make this an impossibility for me but I do so admire the technique.  The lazy looping fall of the chain reminds me of the pyrosome.

This bracelet is a gorgeous piece from  Artfire artisan studio,  Designs by Malone.

viking knit bracelet

I found a how-to tutorial in case you are interested in learning yourself.  You can see that it is not for the fainthearted.   To create a thing this beautiful, you must have patience and good eye-hand coordination.  How can they charge for the time it takes to make something like this?

Cary Kilmer has a five part video tutorial on You Tube.

Chaine Maille is another art I admire.  This also reminded me of the pyrosome……..a lot of small pieces linked together to form a flowing beautiful one-ness.

A beautiful piece from an Artfire studio Bohowirewrapped

There are many ways of making jewelry that I admire but do not have the time and money to invest in learning.   I put together a collection this week called “If I were a rich man”.   It has an example of each thing I would learn if I had time and money to spare.  I would take classes, travel to learn from experts and buy beautiful beads and supplies.   I would surround myself with beautiful lampwork, beads, polymer clay, forging, viking knit, metal clay and chain maille.   My collection celebrates my admiration for those who do this type of work and the beautiful beads I would love to buy.



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  1. What a fascinating post! I think we would get along VERY well together because I love to learn about the odd, interesting and bizarre creatures that populate our planet! The Little Book of Slime sounds like a book I would thoroughly enjoy! And Mother Nature is such an amazing inspiration if we but just take the time to look. Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by Catherine | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  2. Thank you Catherine! I know you would just love the Little Book of Slime! It is chock full of the most interesting facts! I’m so glad you liked this post. Are those creatures not simply beautiful? My kids laugh at all the weird and wonderful things I find to read about with the little boys, after all, the books ARE supposed to be for them!


    Comment by stregajewellry | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  3. I learned a lot about these fascinating creatures, from your post. Thank you! It was very clever to associate these sea creatures with Viking Knit and chain mail!


    Comment by Linda Landig | September 14, 2011 | Reply

  4. Linda, it just happend that way! The day after I did the collection, I found the book at the book fair. I was reading it that night and Voila! As soon as I saw the luminescent pyrosome………I just KNEW it looked like the Viking knt chains. As I read, I realized that the linking was similar to chain Maille also. I tell you, we jewelry artisans have NOTHING on the Creator of All Things! We can only make feeble attempts!


    Comment by stregajewellry | September 15, 2011 | Reply

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