Ariadne’s Repousse’ Pendant ©2007 by Cynthia Rutledge
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Ariadne’s Repousse’ Pendant

©2007 by Cynthia Rutledge

Ariadne’s Repousse’ Pendant ©2007 by Cynthia RutledgeIn Greek Mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos 2 of Crete. Ariadne was the fertility goddess of Crete who was transformed into a mortal human. She became known in history as the keeper of the labyrinths, and the bearer of the thread ball that her lover, Theseus, used to get out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth.

The translation of Ariadne’s name, “utterly pure”, is a term used by artisans that work in metal, using the techniques, repousse´ and chasing. Repousse´ is a French term, which means the art of embossing or pressing shapes into the metal to create a design from the back. Chasing is the opposite of repousse´, and the techniques are generally used in conjunction with each other. Where repousse´ is used to push the design to the front of the piece, chasing is used to refine the design. The “utterly pure” comes from the fact that no metal is lost. Whether the artisan is using gold, bronze, silver, pewter or copper, the tools of the trade have pretty much remained the same as in the Bronze Age of history.

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Ariadne’s Repousse´ Pendant is the result of my inspiration. The main body of the pendant uses three-dimensional Peyote stitch to form two major shapes, a round button shape and a long domed lozenge shape. The shapes are embellished with pearls and crystals. The pendant is layered, so that when you look at the back, the full form is visible. Emanating from the main shapes are two sets of wing-like, flat Peyote stitch shapes that are embellished with crystals. A softly embellished bail readies the pendant for the necklace. For the necklace, I braided two sizes of pearls, seed beads and crystals into Peyote stitch “cones” to end with a beautiful clasp.

Skill level: Advanced.

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