'Proud Eagle' Patriotic Lampwork Ss Pendant

Welcome to White Tideline Designs, handcrafted jewelry-as-art ~ sculpted bracelets, pendants & earrings like watercolors, using complex artisan beads & gemstones & sterling. Colors are blended and textures are joined in interesting combinations using beads of several glass & sterling artists to create a composition of a desired vision. Like an 'assembly of neurons,' each piece hopes to help remember again ('agenbite') a feeling, a place, a memory - conjured out of consciousness. Each piece is designed and handmade by me in my San Francisco Bay Area studio, an old African mahogany dining room table in my home - my vast and beautiful palette. While my muse may be the same (so often it is the sea, landscape or a trip abroad), no two pieces are ever identical. This exact design will only be created one time and it will belong to you.

The muse behind '4th of July' or 'Proud Eagle' is a magnificent adventure to Glacier Bay, Alaska aboard a small expedition yacht. My kids & I had the great fortune to spend the 4th of July in a small, colorful fishing village in SE Alaska called, Elfin Cove. A tiny settlement, built mostly on wooden stilts off of the sea and clinging to rock and land, it is an intimate, intense setting for those lucky enough to live there year-round. All the locals know each other well; the watering holes sell tshirts extolling the virtue of Jack Daniels and salmon fishing. Sea planes come in and out bringing fisherman from the lower 48 who bliss out on the Pacific, fishing their hearts away, until their suitcases sag with salmon, enough to last the whole year. There is a local 'crazy,' a colorful guy, who captured my attention and told me a true bear story: one of those up-close and personal, near-death stories where his spirit talked to the bear and encouraged the bear to 'just walk away,' on a cold, rainy evening when no one else was around. It is true that these islands are loaded with bears and the outer islands are even more loaded. Seems like the safest place is to be aboard a boat, such as ours, in the middle of the sea and cruising the inlets, quietly moving up coast in the company of a humpback or two. But, on this one day, July 4th, we spend the day on land celebrating the 4th of July in the drizzling rain. The whole town of Elfin Cove was dressed up in a way I might imagine a tourist town such as Telluride, Colarado or a sleepy Southern town. Railings were hung with fancy, frilly banners and streamers and balloons and the vivid red, white & blue never looked so beautiful against the forest green of the trees and the misty grey of the rainy day. The whole town joined in a parade down the wooden walkway, with a wee, curly haired redhead on the shoulders of her Daddy, leading the way. My kids were welcomed like one of their own and my young son even joined in bobbing for salmon heads on the small beach (there were $100 dollar bills stuffed in a few lucky heads). We were welcomed at the local potluck supper that evening after watching men walk on a greased pole, out over the water, off of the pier, only to fall, one-by-one, in the icy 'drink.' It was the best 4th of July I have ever celebrated and this pendant is created in memory of that day in a small Alaskan fishing town in the drizzling rain, when we stayed out all day and felt like a part of a very special community.

'Proud Eagle' is designed around the solid sterling Eagle in-flight and is compromised of lampwork beads by three different glass artists. The encased, clear and white round has actual dots of sterling silver imbedded into the layers of glass, making for a dreamy, rich effect. The narrow, disc beads are also encased with a layer of clear glass over red and white stripes on one bead and a core of blue with white polka dots on the second disc. A creamy Baroque pearl under a SS beadcap, along with a short length of sterling silver chain, daisy spacers and a wavy disc punctuate and finish the design while the pendant's bale is hand-cast sterling silver by an esteemed, well-known precious metal artist. The pendant measures just a tad over 2.5 inches and can be strung on a sterling chain or a length of leather or added to your own personal favorite chain. This auction is for the pendant only, as shown.

Thank you for stopping in ~ I hope you find something to engage your eye and imagination within the realm of joy and aesthetic wonder. Please remember that custom orders are also an option - I can design and create a single piece or a set (bracelet, pendant and earrings) according to your color preference and/or theme. A non-refundable $75 deposit is required before I commence work and to enable me to order special beads and supplies inherent in the design (such as special, theme-specific sterling charms. Turnaround time for special orders is usually a week to 10 days. Please use Custom Made's messaging system to reach me with your custom order request.

Best wishes for a lovely day!

Julie Wilson
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