Monday, January 09, 2017

Psyche's Helpers Painted Earrings

While reading about the surrealist artist Yves Tanguy, I came across these earrings he painted for Peggy Guggenheim.


Immediately I wanted a pair of my own painted earrings.


In my last post I mentioned the story of Cupid and Psyche, and wanting to explore that theme further. This seemed as good an opportunity as any.

In the story of Cupid and Psyche, Venus (Cupid's mom), gives Psyche seemingly impossible tasks. Psyche, in despair, keeps thinking that she should kill herself and be done with it, but at every turn she finds help. 


When told to sort a mound of seeds and grains, an army of ants come to Psyche's aid.


Sent to gather black waters from the underworld, Psyche considers jumping off the side of a ship and drowning herself, but Jupiter himself sends his eagle to assist her.

  

The earrings are made with furniture tacks, painted 1/2 Inch Brass Pendants, and elements recycled from old jewelry. 

I really like them and have already worn them twice.


Although I'm not actually a painter, I'm pretty sure I'll be making more painted jewelry. This was a challenging scale to work in, but I really enjoyed it. Same goes for my buddies Cupid and Psyche; I don't think I'm quite done with them yet.

13 comments:

  1. Very cool earrings and amazing paintings within!

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  2. Stunning earrings! I love the story too! Hugs, Robin

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  3. belle inspiration et beaux résultats
    hugs

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  4. LOVE! But...furniture tacks? Pls consider doing a tutorial for those of us who might be less imaginative than you. :o)

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    1. Ha! I lobbed off the pretty decorative head of the tacks and glued them on to proper jewelry post earring settings. Don't worry, I'm not putting tacks through my ears.

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  5. Gorgeous...but I also am confused how the furniture tack posts don't inflame and a-tack (sorry) your ears! ;)

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    1. Don't worry about my little ears! I've only used the head of the tack and attached that to a proper earring post. :-)

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  6. These are the most wonderful earrings I've seen in a long time. Women understand power jewelry although men don't seem to get it. These earrings would be a powerful talisman worn on a day when they're needed. I've decided, as an inveterate smart a** and one legged woman, to make a pin or necklace that reads, "Don't ask me, I'm stumped." That would bring me powerful joy and fun all day!

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    1. Lol, thank you for my first laugh of the day! I think that pin sounds like an awesome idea. You're totally spot on with the talisman comment too. That's totally what these are intended fir. Worn with a pair of striped socks, I'll be unstoppable!

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  7. I hope so - these earrings are really fantastic!
    sandy xx

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  8. Absolutely love these! What a great idea! I love those little paintings 🙂

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  9. I am a huge fan of surrealism paintings and photo manipulation. Never heard of this artist, thanks for enlightening me, going to research further. I really like your earring, I like making jewelry, will have to try something like this.

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