Cynthia Rutledge - Contemporary Designs of Timeless Elegance
Talismano Della Toscana
©2011 by Cynthia Rutledge

Talismano Della Toscana ©2011 by Cynthia RutledgeHistorically, amulets and talismans have been part of most cultures. Ancient Italy is no exception, as documented sources show everything from birthstones that were worn in a pocket to keepsakes and treasures worn in small bags around the neck. From the evil eye charm to the Italian Cornicello (little horn), warding off bad luck was a serious matter.

Talismano Della Toscana brings old world talismans & amulets into the 21st century. A contemporary three-dimensional pendant, actually a small house, is created using flat Peyote stitch. The floor and walls mimic Roman mosaics adding interest and historical perspective to the design. The viewer will see the inviting front door and will wonder what is inside. Talismano Della Toscana ©2011 by Cynthia RutledgeThe wearer knows the secret is a laminated image that slips into a slot in front of the back wall of the tiny villa turning the wall into a picture frame. What a surprise for the lucky viewer! There is also room within to add a small secret token.

Embellishments include terra cotta pots of geraniums by the front door, decorative flourishes to include a rod ironwork terrace, door hinges and knob for the front door along with a bezeled 10mm CZ that rides at the bottom of the villa for visual interest. The necklace stays simple with a variation on a theme using 4-sided Herringbone stitch ending in a simple clasp. Fantastico!

Note: This little "villa" measures 2.5" tall, 1.5" wide and 1" deep

Skill level: Advanced

This is a 3-day workshop

Photos: Mark Rutledge

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