Owl: Birth of a Pendant

Owl:  Birth of a Pendant

I think that my love for birds is pretty well-established now. (For those of you who just chuckled and said “um, I think she means obsession”, I heard you, and I know who you are.  OK… and fine… you’re not wrong. Laughing) One of the (many) great things about birds though is that their variety is seemingly endless. This is absolutely fabulous for those of us who use them as inspiration. We can rest pretty assured that we will never run out of subject matter.

Having utilized a few traditional bird shapes in my pieces already, it was time to add something slightly different. Given a not too long ago visit to see them at a nearby rescue center, and their increased popularity and use in art forms, owls seemed to be the perfect choice. Now the decision that had to be made was whether to make a serious, realistic looking owl, or a more lighthearted caricature. My work swings both ways:

Handcrafted two tone robin pendant in fine silver, enamel and 24 kt. plate -- byMyriam.com

Handcrafted two tone robin pendant in fine silver, enamel and 24 kt. plate — byMyriam.com

Illustrated chicken pendant ... handcrafted in fine silver

Illustrated chicken pendant … handcrafted in fine silver — byMyriam.com



Foregoing a coin toss, the best decision was to let my sketches guide me. After doodling and drawing numerous incarnations, the one that kept looking back at me, screaming “pick me, pick me”, was one silly, yet friendly-looking, little doodle I had done at the very beginning.

My doodle of an owl on a branch

My doodle of an owl on a branch

The next step: “hitting the clay”. I often start out by making something in polymer clay to see how it might look in a three-dimensional form. If all goes well (after prayers and finger-crossing), the finished piece is sculpted in silver (yaaaay!)

Fine silver, handcrafted owl on branch pendant

Fine silver, handcrafted pendant – “owl on branch” — byMyriam.com

It was fun to watch this little bird come to life. It’s been heartwarming to see the reaction it’s gotten from customers at shows so far, and to see it go home as a new “friend” with several is nothing short of thrilling. But now the search is back on for the next animal subject … and yes, yes, it won’t be a bird … this time :)

1 Comment

  1. Mary Ellen
    Mar 3, 2013

    I’m thinking, Myriam,………I’m thinking………..

    a tiger?

    an anteater?

    arrdvark?

    ;)

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>