this week's BTW influenced by the video game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood since they were rather fresh in my brain. Fingers get so itchy, but they were rather relieved by Thursday's end. I'm rather happy with they way they came together!
Amongst the historical figures in the video game, focusing on the corrupt power and influence of the House of Borgia, is Renaissance inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci. Nick has a beautiful coffee table book full of da Vinci's illustrations, from his spiritual sketches to the war machines designed for the Borgia's troops, all replicated in the game itself! (There's a level where you use Leonardo's 'tank' design to destroy Borgia cannons! It's awesome!) I had used pages from the book as a background to photograph the pieces, a great addition to detail for these geek-inspired pieces!
This is also me fully admitting that I'm a bit of a geek-girl. Yup, my best friend says I should carve a niche for it. Let see how these fare.
This piece will also be a great anecdote for 'the second glance being the best first choice'. I'm referring to the red crystals in the black setting, repurposed from a pair of earrings a friend gave to me. (I get that quite a bit - friends and family give me random pieces of jewelry to remake. I've got quite a collection now!) I was already using gunmetal pins and findings, finding silver to be too bright for the rounded pendant itself. The red 'jewels' are in a black metal setting, and I just didn't know ... well, now I do. The deep red is a beautiful match to Ezio's traditional Assassini costume, suiting to the mystic order that he leads. I had also included clear crystal roundels to represent the white cloth in Ezio's costume. I had handmade the links for the extender chain myself with gunmetal headpins in opposite figure-eights, and a lobster clasp to hold everything around your neck. With a few leftover coins and beads, I managed to squeeze out a pair of earrings. A rather regal set, if I may say myself.
Eagle Feather necklace. The eagle is symbolic throughout the game, from the Assassin's Creed character's names, Altair and Ezio, meaning 'eagle', to the feathers Ezio collects in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood to commemorate the memory of his slain family. I had these synthetic feathers that matched the look of the feathers in the game, and the chevron pendant piece from the thrifted necklace was a great focal point for the centrepiece. I used a suede thong instead of chain to keep a natural texture going with the feather, and dangled a Firenze coin with the feather of a sprawling landscape over the shoulder of a sculpture. This one isn't quite done yet - I have yet to develop some sort of clasp dohickey and she's done.
Well, these didn't turn out too bad! What do my fellow geek-girls think?