Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Let's Find The Rainbow!

Greetings Dear Friends

Another week has started. One of the last ones of this year's spring. With June and the start of summer at our doorstep comes new ideas and inspiration.

Last week I was looking through my things and found out a pair of earrings I wasn't using any more. So I decided to take the hooks and create something new for me.

You know of course that Drømme Lund means Dreamy Grove and the main item you see in my crafts are trees. So I created having that in mind :)
This  was the result. Simple earrings with purple seed beads and thick wire.

After a long discussion with two lovely ladies, I was convinced that perhaps I could make a pair or two and put them in my shop.

My inspiration actually for the next pair I was to make was the gray days outside. I thought to myself how radiant the colors of nature are. My thoughts went straight to the most colorful and optimistic natural phenomenon. Of course I am talking about the Rainbow.

So, what is a rainbow? It is a multicolored arch we can see in the sky, usually after the sun comes up during a rainy day. It is caused by reflection of light in water droplets in the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.
It usually has 7 main colors Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.

Rainbow has inspired so many cultures trying to explain what it is. 
In Greco-Roman mythology, the rainbow was considered to be a path made by a messenger (Iris) between Earth and Heaven.

In Chinese mythology, the rainbow was a slit in the sky sealed by goddess Nüwa using stones of five different colours.

In Hindu religion, the rainbow is called Indradhanush, meaning "the bow (Sanskrit and Hindi: dhanush is bow) of Indra, the god of lightning, thunder and rain". Another Indian mythology says the rainbow is the bow of Rama, the incarnation of Vishnu. It is called Rangdhonu in Bengali, dhonu (dhanush) meaning bow. Likewise, in mythology of Arabian Peninsula, the rainbow, called Qaus Quzaħ in Arabic, is the war bow of the god Quzaħ.

In Armenian mythology the rainbow is a belt of Tir, a Sun god.

In Norse Mythology, a rainbow called the Bifröst Bridge connects the realms of Ásgard and Midgard, homes of the gods and humans, respectively

The Irish leprechaun's secret hiding place for his pot of gold is usually said to be at the end of the rainbow. This place is impossible to reach, because the rainbow is an optical effect which depends on the location of the viewer. When walking towards the end of a rainbow, it will appear to "move" further away (two people who simultaneously observe a rainbow at different locations will disagree about where a rainbow is).

In the Dreamtime of Australian Aboriginal mythology, the rainbow snake is the deity governing water.

In Amazonian cultures, rainbows have long been associated with malign spirits that cause harm, such as miscarriages and (especially) skin problems.

In the Amuesha language of central Peru, certain diseases are called ayona’achartan, meaning "the rainbow hurt my skin". A tradition of closing one's mouth at the sight of a rainbow in order to avoid disease appears to pre-date the Incan empire.

In New Age and Hindu philosophy, the seven colours of the rainbow represent the seven chakras, from the first chakra (red) to the seventh chakra (violet).

 To me rainbows are nature's way to keep our spirits up. It symbolizes optimism and to me it is such a calming and soothing sight. I always look for a rainbow when the sun comes up on a rainy day. And when I find it, it always put a smile on my face, not matter how bad my day has been.

These days have been very gloomy for lots of reasons. It is only natural that my next creation would be filled with colour.
I bought some beads from my favorite bead shop in opaque colors of the rainbow and I created these rainbow tree of life earrings :)

Rainbow Tree Of Life Earrings On A Blossomed Apple Tree

Today I decided to take some photos of them for all to see. Naturally it is a cloudy day :P but I think they are so bright that you won't mind that the sun is missing ;)

The beads used are high quality Czech glass beads in opaque color and of course the wire is pure copper and rather thick so that their shape will last.

The earwires are Brass in a plain form of French hook with a filigree ball are made out of brass, professionally antique copper plated (by Trinity Brass) and sealed to preserve the finish.

The findings come from TRINITY BRASS CO, lead & nickel free and of finest quality products to use for jewellery making.

Days come and go. So does rain in nature and in our lives. The trick is to always look for the rainbow. It is always nearby even if it is hard to see.  Just open your eyes and your heart and live with all the colors of the rainbow at your side :)

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