Saturday, 3 March 2012

Jellyfish!



The last time I took a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium I was enamoured by the grace and otherworldly beauty possessed by the jellyfish. They had many tanks with a few different species indigenous to the British Columbian coasts, including a few smaller Lion's Mane jellyfish, the largest known species of jellyfish in the world. Most people don't naturally associate jellyfish with Canada, but I aim to change peoples perspective on the strange and unique marine invertebrates.

Last year I decided to create a pair of earrings for a friend of mine also uniquely inspired by jellyfish. I was so in love with the simple yet delicate design that I knew others would love them too. I made myself two pairs - a smaller pair in ecru and goldstone, and a larger pair in blue and amethyst. Both pairs receive great reception when worn around town casually with jeans and a t-shirt or when dressed up for a night on the town. They are truly statement pieces, earrings that will easily steal the show.

Each pair of Jellyfish Earrings is hand crocheted using Irish crochet lace techniques to create delicate and distinctive jellyfish. The largest size thread used is size 10 or bedspread weight, creating a single finished jellyfish of approximately five inches in length with a cap the diameter of approximately one inch. The medium size jellyfish, only available in white, are size 20 thread and finish at roughly four and a half inches, while the smallest are a size 30 thread and measure about 4 inches finished with a cap no larger than a quarter. Sixty seed beads are strung to the centre small tentacles and then eight natural stone beads are tied on at random lengths. It takes approximately three hours to complete each pair from crochet to beading to finishing; it takes a little less time to complete the larger sizes than the smaller ones.

The earrings also make unique ornaments and can be hung from car mirrors, windows or anywhere they can catch the light and sparkle. The semiprecious stones currently available for the jellyfish are amethyst, garnet, goldstone, hemetite, lapis lazuli, lemon jade, red bamboo coral, and opalite.

If you wish to order a pair - I will have at least a half dozen pre-made pairs available on Etsy in the next few weeks, and soon there will be more thread colours and semiprecious stones available. If you would like a custom order please contact me for details.