Reimagined Components: Clear sea glass and hand crushed pyrite dust embedded in an abstract form within a vintage two tone stretch-band watch with gold-tone leaf impressions
1888's Take: I'm a big lover of creating things that weren't really suppose to be- wearing a scarf as a skirt, eating breakfast for dinner, potting a plant in an old food jar, having oatmeal savory instead of sweet, making your vehicle your full-time house,- in this case, putting an irregular shaped sea glass stone in a bezel that doesn't quite fit. I think it makes things more interesting, creative- bending the rules a bit and telling the world that you can do things that are outside of the box, and even make them beautiful.
Sea glass is physically and chemically weathered down bits of glass that are found in bodies of saltwater (differing from beach glass, which is found in freshwater and has a slightly different chemical make-up and appearance). Sea glass takes a minimum of 20 years for the broken shards to naturally tumble and get the smooth, frosted look that it’s known to have, and for some types of glass can take up to 200 years to fully form. These interesting bits of history can come from an array of places such as beach trash, dumping, or accidental over-boards, but we’d love to think that the sea glass we’ve collected comes from an old, treacherous shipwreck that occurred centuries ago somewhere far out at sea…
~Watch n’ clock~
The incredible craftsmanship required to create a piece of machinery so sensitive that it can keep perfect synchronous motion is a true testament to human ingenuity and artistry.
A stone of action, vitality and will, Pyrite taps into one’s abilities and potential while stimulating the flow of ideas. It brings confidence and the persistence to carry things through to completion.
"I have vivid recollections of the fiery orange ambers and gradient reds blanketing the mountain terrain around my Vermont home. They were sure to inspire my seasonally wild imaginings as I watched the foliage dance with one another in the wind. When my eyes had had their fill, I'd close them tightly to shut out the pulsing array of mountain fire... that way I could focus on the unique rustling the leaves made as they clung to their last few moments of connection to their parent tree."
These fragile creations of nature represent unconditional giving and unassuming strength through the cycle’s seasonal rebirth. Luck is also an appropriate association with the leaf because to be a leaf is to be lucky enough to know purpose without question. It is also said that if you catch a leave on its fall from tree to ground, you will have good luck for some time after.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in one of our designs. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.