Thursday, March 31, 2016

Eye-saiah's Vision

Found on Tumbler.

This month eye participated in Art Jewelry Element's (AJE) challenge; "Eye Love Beads".  When Lindsay Starr (of Phantasm Creations) posted this challenge eye IMMEDIATELY knew what eye wanted to do.  Eye had just purchased the PERFECT bead for this challenge - an AMAZING Joan Miller Ceramic bead:

Photo credit: Joan Miller

The first thing eye thought of when eye was considering a design was seraphim.  Seraphim are described once (maybe twice) in the Bible - in Isaiah 6 when Isaiah has a vision, but there is also speculation that the "4 Living Creatures" mentioned in Revelation 6 (that are described as being covered in eyes) are also seraphim, however that is up for debate.  Eye decided to create a "seraphim" that did not have the 6 wings ('cause that is a LOT of wings to create...) and were covered in eyes!

Here is a drawing of what eye had in mind for this necklace:

Crazy scribbles.
My intention was to create the "Eye of Providence" which is an eye within a equilateral triangle with rays of light emanating from it.  This symbol is said to represent the Omniscient (all-knowing/seeing) character of God.  The three sides of the triangle are representative of the Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit).

And so began the journey to create a piece inspired by the vision Isaiah saw of God on the throne...

...there were many sacrifices on this journey...

Eye created what eye thought eye wanted for the triangle piece and this is how it ended up:

There were a couple problems though...after having created the triangle, eye realized the eye did not sit well on the triangle and my tension was so tight that eye kept breaking beads as eye tried to add in the rays of light.  Eye kept breaking beads...there were many bead sacrifices...and these suffered many stabbings too...
Poor digits.
Eye finally decided to scrap the open triangle idea and go for a more solid triangle.  Plus, eye wanted to change the background color to purple - the color of royalty.

After finishing the "Eye of Providence" eye began searching for a way to make wings for my seraphim.  This proved to be more difficult than eye thought.  Eye knew that eye needed something that would hold the wing shape on its own but eye didn't want to make bead embroidery or metal wings.

Much research and pinteresting (word?) ensued and eye came across a pin which showed netted wings that seemed to hold their shape.  Using this picture as a template, eye created wings.  Eye will admit...eye do not like writing down what eye do as eye go...probably will never do the wings (since eye had to make two) are slightly different.  Eye attached the wings to the Joan Miller bead and then attached the component to the "Eye of Providence".

Pseudo Seraphim (Tongue twister, anyone?)

The last step was to add the straps.  You would think this would be easy...but nothing on this small ball we call Earth is "easy".  Eye could not match the colors eye wanted for the strap but after much frustration, many failed attempts, and finally giving up and running with it...eye came up with a do-able option.  Now for the finale!


Don't forget to visit the other blog hop participants and see what they created for this eye-themed challenge!

Guests - 
Kelly Rodgers* You are here!


  1. Wow is right. I was reading along seeing 2 separate pieces in my head - then BAM! They are joined into one! Glad this theme spoke to you. Thanks for joining us!

  2. Fantastic designs, I love how you've worked them in together!

  3. amazing! you did those beads justice with your bead work!

  4. Fabulous necklace. I loved reading about how you worked through the design challenges.

  5. I love watching you work through your hang ups to let your design evolve. Your creativity has grown leaps and bounds since we met and I'm so proud of you for breaking out of your bead boxes in every facet. Thank you for playing along with us this month! I hope you will continue to be inspired and participate at every opportunity! - PIB

  6. A jewelry makers documentary! I like that you included yourself working through the challenges. This is a realist view of jewelry making. Very pretty.

  7. WOW Kelly, thank you for showing us your process! What an amazing necklace! Thank you for playing along too!