We are usually inspired by song birds like cardinals, bluebirds and robins, so working with a birds of prey theme with this Challenge was a little out-of-the-box for us. We have a new song bird pendant focal that we are introducing in our Spring 2019 painted pendant collection, so we incorporated the feather coloring of a bird of prey for one of pendants, an American Kestrel! We were struck by the lovely colors of the Kestrel, this little falcon features a coat of slate blue, rust, cream and a striking speckled pattern throughout the feathers. Catherine hand painted all of these elements into our songbird pendant, and then we paired our new focal with a hand knotted crystal bead necklace from Deborah. Our little Kestrel dangles freely from a hand stamped O-Ring that says "Fearlessly Authentic" - a fitting and inspirational quote!
We also created this boho pair of earrings in the same American Kestrel theme to match with our necklace. These feathers, inspired by the American Kestrel, have been hand painted in our studio by Catherine and then accented with lots of bling by Gianna. They're super sparkly and lightweight!
While looking up feather inspiration for our hand painted components, we discovered some interesting tidbits about the American Kestrel. Read below to learn more about these adorable little falcons!
• The American Kestrel is the smallest and most common falcon in the US.
• Kestrels can be tamed easily and trained quickly - because of this (and their small size), they are popular falconry birds for working in the city.
These American Kestrel jewelry designs and lots more of our new handmade jewelry will be available at our shows in Kansas City, Joplin and Tulsa this spring. Visit our website for more info on our Dry Gulch shows.
This month's Art Element challenge was hosted by Cathy Spivey Mendola - thank you for an inspiring theme. Be sure to read through and visit all of the Challenge makers links below for more Birds of Prey inspiration - we'll see you in a few weeks for our next Challenge reveal!
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