Mar 1, 2013

My own Ouroboros

I was struck with inspiration a little while ago for this Sly little Lady.

I had ordered a little extra silver for a couple of commission bracelets that I just finished, and while I was working on them, I was quietly thinking about her.

I have been meaning to get back into casting, but I would really like to work with someone local, and I haven't heard back from any of the contacts that I had yet, so I decided to try fabricating her by hand.

Which is kind of crazy.  Especially if I am going to put her into production.

But it was SO FUN to figure it out and to build her from flat stock.

She is sterling silver with 14k yellow gold eyes.

I hand stamped all of her scales (part of the I-might-be-crazy process)
She even has a bottom jaw to bite her own tail with.

What I came to realize about this design is that no two will be the same.  By fabricating her by hand, each scale will be different, each face will have it's own character, each little snake with be her own self.

Which I think is pretty sweet.  And you would get to carry her with you on your adventures.

"The Ouroboros often represents self reflexivity or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself, the eternal return, and other things perceived as cycles that begin anew as soon as they end (compare with phoenix). It can also represent the idea of primordial unity related to something existing in or persisting from the beginning with such force or qualities it cannot be extinguished."  wikipedia


nook. said...

this. is. fantastic!!! love it jana!!! like a TON!!! are you listing them yet? lol! xoxo

Jana May said...



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