On the Subject of Charities...

Tomorrow, Etsy TeamBPAL will be running a sale of handmade marine-themed items in the team shop to benefit the sea turtles which have been affected by the Gulf oil spill. I will be posting a team Treasury of everyone's creations once they're up, but for now I wanted to share the four items that I came up with for the charity sale.

As many of you know, I've finally been able to tinker with metal clay after having my heart set on it since last autumn. Seawater relic, shown below, features a pendant disc made of fine silver metal clay that was oxidized, polished, and then set into an ornate wire frame. I hand-sculpted it and made my own textures and I'm quite happy with how it turned out. I've included a photo of the greenware piece before it was fired. :)

Seawater Relic
When winds that move not its calm surface sweep
The azure sea, I love the land no more.

A finely detailed squid trails three smooth linked silver rings, all of which are capped by inky dark blue spectrolite.

King of the Seas
The Ocean said to me once,
Yonder on the shore
Is a woman, weeping.
Go you and tell her this—
Her lover I have laid
In cool green hall.
There is wealth of golden sand
And pillars, coral-red;
Two white fish stand guard at his bier.

Tell her this
And more—
That the king of the seas
Weeps too, old, helpless man.
The bustling Fates
Heap his hands with corpses
until he stands like a child
With surplus of toys."

(—Stephen Crane)

The Ocean's Secret
Far, far below old Ocean's crested wave,
Deeper than lies the dark and mouldy grave,
Where nought is heard but water's plashing sound,
And all is strange dim mystery around;
Away, away, in liquid depths beneath,
Where none of mortal race could live or breathe,
What wondrous earth-like forms are these
The startled awe-struck diver sees?