Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Seeds and Dolphins

This beautiful dolphin is made out of the javillo tree seed (Hura crepitans) also known as Sandbox, Catahua and Ceiba Amarilla tree. The seeds from this tree are cut and form into dolphins. After that I glaze them and make a little eye. The one that you see in the picture is wrapped in silver wire and has a pewter leave, a red coral bead, a crystal and two turquoise coins. I made about ten of these dolphins pendants with different types of semiprecious stones, crystals, ceramic beads and silver charms. This dolphin in particular, is hanging from a Cemí Stone. The Cemí stone is a fundamental symbol in the Taino religion. This Cemí was a present from my late brother in law José (Pepe) Albaladejo. In this picture I connected two important spiritual symbols: The dolphin and the Cemí. I hope you like it.