This leather night sky raven barrette is a tribute to the wonderful crows and ravens that are so abundant here in the Pacific Northwest. I feel very fortunate to live among tall trees, and to share this forest with wild creatures like ravens and crows. We spend many nights gazing at the stars, with silhouettes of old growth cedar and fir along the horizon. This little barrette is a celebration of this wonderful space, and all things wild.
The leather was dyed and painted coal black with iridescent washes of indigo and violet. The base of the wings has a bit of tooling to create the silhouette of a tree line against a night sky, dotted with metallic silver stars. The shimmering colors have a play of light effect, so the blue and purple tones can shift from very vivid to rather subtle, depending on the lighting.
The bird measures about 5″ wide by 3″ tall – the size is bold enough to make a statement without being overpowering. You can choose whether you’d prefer a metal barrette finding or a black wooden stick. The barrettes are high quality French clips with “Made in France” stamped across the bar, and the wooden sticks are well made black wooden sticks measuring approximately 6.5″ long.
These photos show several different iterations of this starry night raven design; you’ll receive the most current variation (shown in the first few pictures) with the tooled leather trees.
As with all of my leather craft, this piece was created using high quality materials (including premium tooling leather, artist grade acrylics, flexible sealant, and a high quality wooden stick) and over 25 years of leather working skill. Beauty and quality craftsmanship are important to me, so I don’t do “quick and dirty” work; I patiently design, cut, carve, shape, paint and seal each piece. This takes longer than copying or mass production, but the end result is a handmade work of wearable art that you can be proud to gift or cherish for years to come.
Design © 2017 Andrea Adams/Beadmask