Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
La Montaña de la Luz
©2014 by Cynthia Rutledge

La Montaña de la Luz ©2014 by Cynthia Rutledge

Sitting atop a mountain ridge, above the Sacred Valley, lays the 15th century estate of Machu Picchu. Spanish for "old peak", Machu Picchu is the jewel of Peru. Built in the 1450's as an estate for the Incan emperor, Pachacuti (1438-1477), this relatively intact archeological site gives the visitor a fabulous view of life as it was before the Spanish Conquest.

Although, abandoned within a hundred years of being built, the estate has stood the test of time, a testament to the fine stone masonry of the Incans. The mountaintop is split up into three areas, agricultural, urban and religious. As you glance down onto the ruins, you can easily see the temples, fields, terraces and baths that were once populated. Blending into the hillside, Machu Picchu is a green paradise, basking in the sun.

La Montaña de la Luz (The Mountain in the light) Bangle was inspired by the wonders of Machu Picchu. The central CZ represents the main body of the estate, the jewel at the top of the mountain. Set within a fine metal setting the CZ is surrounded with the look of terraces, spiraling their way down the mountain. Peyote stitch and netting, work together, for a beautiful central component for the bangle.

A Peyote stitch strip completely covers a brass cuff blank. The blank is used upside down, allowing the opening to be part of the clasp. A string of pearls, embellished with a lacing technique, represent the Incan Trail, as it ascends to the top of the mountain.

Dimensions: The central component is 1-1/4 inches wide. The band is 5/8 inches wide.

Even count, flat peyote stitch
Even count, flat circular peyote stitch with increasing
Stitch-in-the-ditch techniques
Edge-stitching techniques
Lacing techniques
Gemstone setting

Skill level: intermediate to advanced

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