Thursday, 9 May 2013

nature's dye





during afternoon walk today with a friend I found this skull, it was lying at the edge of a field that had recently been ploughed and the newly sown grass was popping up a green sheen. The skull has an amazing patina; I'm considering turning it into a piece of jewelry, a pendant and am thinking of adding some gold-leaf, to make it more jewel-like, more precious and less threatening somehow. 

5 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

less threatening
how interesting, what we consider threatening
it's very beauty FULL
and patina...yes. very so much so.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

what do you think caused this
incredibly RICH colOUR??????

saskia said...

mainly Earth, we have heavy clay soil, and as I did find it in the ploughed field, my guess it has been buried for quite some time; there's this sheen you also get on old bits of glass that have been buried for a while.
I haven't gilded it, yet....am looking and waiting

Julie S said...

beautiful...deer? wondering if your soil would dye fabric that color?

saskia said...

oh no, much smaller, most likely a rodent, my guess a muskrat; I'll have to ask one the guy who's in charge of pest control around here.

and what an interesting suggestion dyeing with clay soil, I know it's rich in iron in these parts so maybe that could give interesting results, thx for this idea Julie