The tiniest winged spirit, formed from watercast silver with delicately leaf-veined wings. She hangs from a linked chain of stones: labradorite, moss agate, garnet and tiny faceted crystal-- all these are connected to sterling silver chain which closes with a hand forged sterling clasp in my bird mother shape. Necklace measures 16" or 41cm.
This process of water casting fascinates me-- as it uses the elements of fire, water, earth and air in a kind of formative ritual. I like to think of it as a form of divination- argyromancy for its similarity to molybdomancy, or the use of molten lead for divination- still in use in Finland at New Year.
The Fylgja is the guardian spirit of Norse shamans-- many women shaman had swans or other aquatic birds as Fylgja. When this tiny bird spirit came out of the cold water-- formed from molten silver, I knew she was a kind of Fylgja or spirit guide.
All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland. All pieces come gift wrapped with lavender and Scottish heather.