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Inspiration behind the new wax cast collection

I thought I'd share a little behind the scenes look at the inspiration behind the latest wax cast collection (to be released May 7th)! I am deeply inspired by antique jewelry- particularly Art Deco and Victorian designs and often work from reference photos when I'm carving and sculpting the wax models. I hope you're as excited as I am about the new releases!

antique inspired jewlery collection

The antique Victorian charm that inspired the Spell Charm Necklace. This piece is deeply symbolic- the clover shape and horseshoe are for luck, the heart is for love, the mushroom is for health. In the original the anchor is for faith... in my version I replaced the anchor with an evil eye for protection.

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An in-progress peek at the Spell Charm wax model.

antique inspired jewlery collection

The antique ouroboros ring that inspired my own version. Snakes symbolize rebirth, transformation and healing. The ouroboros (snake eating its own tail) is a symbol of infinity: a cyclical journey.

antique inspired jewlery collection

The Art Deco ring that inspired the Forget Me Not statement ring. I fell in love with the shape of it and upped the scale and opted to omit the bird and go with a sentimental floral motif. Forget me not flowers were a classic motif in Victorian jewelry worn in remembrance of someone special or as a symbol of true love and devotion.

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A peek at the Ourboros Ring and Forget Me Not Flower Ring in progress as wax models. (The black onyx ring pictured here will be released at a later date). The Forget Me Not Ring went through a couple iterations- as you can see here I was considering setting it with stones which I decided against in the end. Both of these will be available in brass or sterling silver.

vintage inspired jewlery collection

A vintage charm holder necklace that I sold through my shop was the inspiration to make my own version which I am calling the Night & Day Charm Holder because it's reversible! Mine is a larger size (because I am most drawn to statement jewelry) and has a celestial theme... a sunburst on one side or a crescent moon and stars on the other. It will be given a gold-filled wire hook that you can open to slide your favorite charms on and off. 

handmade wax cast jewelry
handmade wax cast jewelry
antique inspired jewlery collection

This antique mystery item that I came across at a flea market inspired my In Bloom Earrings... I didn't purchase it because I wasn't quite sure what it was at the time. After doing some research I think it's original purpose was as a rose water sprinkler because the tips of the flowers were hollow with little perforations. A friend told me she thought it was likely used in religious ceremonies. I loved the flowers in particular and created a large statement earring that will get a post back and be available in brass or sterling silver.

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The In Bloom Earrings as a wax model. A trio of labradorite teardrop beads will hang from the little loops.

antique inspired jewlery collection

This antique Victorian era hair pin that was once available in my shop was the inspiration behind the Snake Hair Pin as it's curves reminded me of a snake. It will be available in brass.

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The Snake Hair Pin as a wax model (& a peek at a cosmic key charm that will be released at a later date).

antique inspired jewlery collection

The face of this Art Deco snake bracelet was a reference point when I was creating the Ouroboros Hoop Earrings.

antique inspired jewlery collection

An antique pair of ouroboros snake hoop earrings. I loved the design of the tail being the earwire that feeds through the mouth of the snake.

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The Ouroboros Hoop Earrings as a wax model. Here you can see how the earwire is the tail that will hook through the mouth of the snake.
handmade wax cast jewelry

 Another view of the Ouroboros Snake Hoop earrings as a wax model.

That's it for show and tell! There will be 10 new pieces in total for this collection. The best way to stay up to date on the release date is to sign up for the newsletter (scroll down to the bottom of the home page to add your email) or follow along on instagram (@shopserpentinepdx). XOXO

 


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