"Biker Chick Protection Necklace"
Long ago, and far away, a young lady dreamed some silly thoughts about what it would be like to fly across the states on the back of a motorcycle. She imagined the wind through her hair and all the incredible sights she would see. Oh yeah, and the way-cool biker chick boots she would wear. Instead, she became a barefoot jewelry maker.
This piece was made with a biker chick-ish, Southwestern-y feel ( loving the Western influence). This amazing, pewter focal, by Lynn Davis, is what set me off into dreams of riding. For me, it just has sort of a biker feel. I've long loved the symbolism of skulls. Certainly, they remind me of death, but, more than that, they make me think of the life after death.
Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3
To the pewter focal, I added an old cross, chunky faceted iolite, sodalite heishi and some carved bone skulls. It's all connected to the necklace with handmade twisted sterling rings. The cross provides the suggestion of protection. After all, riding can be dangerous!
For the body of the piece, I used strands of more sodalite with chunks of faceted iolite and a few more carved bone skulls thrown in for good measure. The blue and white sodalite remind me of denim...I'm definitely a denim girl.
I finished it off with a sterling toggle clasp.
No self-respecting biker chick can be without earrings. These are made with vintage religious medals and faceted iolite drops. These two medals are really exceptional. The one on the left is a vintage, French, Saint Christopher...Patron Saint of Travelers. Legend has it that St. Christopher was a giant who met up with a hermit who trained him in the Christian faith. St. Christopher wondered how he might serve the Christ. One day, a small child asked St. Christopher to carry him across a river. During the turbulent crossing, the child became extremely heavy and when St. Christopher stated that it felt like he had the weight of the world on his shoulders, the child replied "You had on your shoulders not only the whole world but him who made it. I am Christ your king, whom you are serving by this work."
The flip side of the St. Christopher is in French.
This necklace now resides across the sea with my online friend Shuku, for whom it probably conjures different visions. No matter the dreams, I hope she wears it in good health!