What Came First? Chicken or the Egg?

September 05, 2018


In this case the chicken!  As a lifelong creator and learner I've taken quite a few workshops in my life.  I like to experiment and try new things.  The older I get the more time I have to do so and the greater benefit to my brain and art I think.  Years ago I took a class on electroforming and promptly came home and took some small plastic chickens and gave them a coating of copper.  Then they found themselves in a jar since I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they made me smile every time they caught my eye.

Fast forward to maybe a few years ago when I found this unusual boulder opal that resembled a cracked egg to me.  Then a few more years and voila!  While rummaging through my stone stash and other odds and ends, in a kind of Concentration game moment (aging myself?,) I put them together and knew they were a perfect match like bacon and eggs.  (sorry...)

I found it interesting and serendipitous that they were of similar base size, but it wasn't until the basket idea popped into my head that I knew I could get them out of the muffin tin and into a joyful artisan pendant.


Boulder Opal necklace


Copper electroformed chicken, Boulder Opal, leather, sterling silver


"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."  Winston Churchill