Oregon jewelry artisan and friend, Jan O’Banion made this gorgeous ReArt Tin and Mixed Metal Hummingbird Breastplate. I love her attention to details and her creative imagination of putting all these pieces together to form this one-of-a-kind work of art…with all kinds of mandala-like shapes.
About the piece she states:
Winged breastplate is made of copper and German silver sheet metal. A piece of vintage recycled tin about the size of a quarter is the focal point for this statement piece. A small hummingbird and a swirling heart also adorn the front. The breast plate wings are about four inches long. The plate hangs from a copper chain finished with a lobster clasp and a two inch extension chain.
About her art she states:
I believe the desire to adorn is what makes us human. I am a self taught jewelry artist and as long as I can remember I have been putting objects together to create adornment. Sometimes I wish I had more arms like those statues from India so I would wear more bracelets. The planet is important to me so I am moving away from gemstones and materials that are mined in other countries and am using more recycled, repurposed and scrap materials. Thrift stores are one of my favorite places to forage.
I’m a thrift [treasure] store kind of gal as well…yet another reason why I like Jan’s style.
She inspires me to explore the idea of creating mixed media mandalas out of trinkets and other cool items I’ve collected over the years.