Storytelling Pendants

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with making jewellery! It started with my birdhouse pendants, and now I’ve gotten a little more artistic with these mini drawings. I got some really sweet little oval birch pieces, which inspired me to look back at my oval paintings, which proved popular in my shop last year. To start with, I’ve tried a quill design, a small house and hills, and of course an owl.

Little House Pendant

Little House Pendant

I decided to design a little card insert to go with the boxes for these, so I went with a simple black and white tree illustration. I feel like it helps place the pendant in the world of my drawing, which is of course where they are coming from.

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I went with silver plated chains and findings for these pendants, as for me it compliments the birch wood and the rich black ink. I finished them with a rich glaze which has an almost glassy appearance. I think it makes them that bit more modern and contemporary, in contrast with my illustration style which is a little retro. The house in particular owes something to a 1950s style book cover.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a nice new year.

Etsy links here to the Owl Pendant, Little House Pendant and Quill Pendant

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Red Cardinal Bird Art Pendant

Red Cardinal Art Pendant by Emily Boylan

Red Cardinal Art Pendant by Emily Boylan

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Happy 2015 everyone!

I have been working on some jewellery over the holidays. I had wanted to make jewellery for some time, but was quite nervous to take my first steps until I had the right idea. First, I had to select the right materials, and then think of the right designs. I have opted for birch wood, painted, and brass chains with an antique copper effect.

I made this pendant by screwing in a copper hook into shaped birch wood, painting in acrylics, adding detail with ink, then sealing with several coats of gloss sealer. I like the contrast of the colour against the wood, as well as the black ink over the bright red.

I have been very much enjoying the world of jewellery design, and also experimenting with gold leaf and silver findings too. I hope to feature more updates in the future weeks.

The design I am sharing today is the Red Cardinal Bird Pendant, available here on etsy.