The gray skies, heavy snows and subzero temperatures of this winter have kept me inside more than I would like. Evening's darkness falls early and I find myself wanting to snuggle deep into a warm blanket and binge watch old tv series. My current binge has been watching the goofy spy series, Chuck, full of fancy parties, sunny locations and dramatically danced tangos. It was following one of those episodes that I fell asleep and had a dream I was in a vibrant red dress, dancing a tango, wearing a very distinctive silver necklace.
When I woke up, the dream was still vivid and I couldn't get the image of the necklace out of my mind so I drew sketched it out and decided to make this my next project.
Using a scribe, I outlined my design onto a piece of sterling silver sheet and began to hand engrave the details of the pendant I wore in my dream. It is a fairly substantial piece and the largest piece of jewelry I have engraved to this point.
In order to give the neckpiece a bit of a delicate touch, I removed sections within it by hand using a hand saw, then filed all of the edges into smooth curves. The result was the piece I wore in my dreams, exactly as I had recalled it, flourishes seeming to move and dance in a fluid wave. Perhaps those late night binge watches aren't so bad. After all, inspiration can be drawn from anything, at anytime, and likely when you least expect it...even from a dream.