“Buddha, Dharma, Sangha” Pendant

Two of the films I’ve been watching on rotation lately are Apocalypse Now and Hearts of Darkness, the documentary detailing the story behind Francis Ford Coppolla’s most infamous film shoot. I think the first is a fascinating narrative and, even beyond the themes in Joseph Conrad’s original story, can be read about spiritual disconnect that comes with traumatic events like war. Willard wants a mission to restore his faith in the service. In the second film, Martin Sheen talked about being in a spiritually chaotic place during the making of the movie — most evident in his performance of Willard’s breakdown in the Saigon hotel prior to the meeting in Nha Trang.

Reasserting and/or reconnecting with our spiritual practice is sometimes difficult. I’ve been making the effort recently and decided to design a piece that reflected that effort.

1/16″ letter stamp set
Blue Moon “Talisman” 10mm lotus charm
Bead Landing brown leather cord
1″ brass aluminum metal stamp charm with hole
2″ silver head pin with embellishment
Rose quartz chip gemstone
Amazonite chip gemstone
Hematite chip gemstone
7mm aluminum jump ring
Wire cutters
Jewelry pliers
Jewelry anvil
Rubber hammer

Having made so many of these before, it didn’t take a long time to conceive, design and complete. Metal stamping the aluminum blank was the most time-consuming portion. Buddha, Dharma and Sangha are often referred to as the Three Jewels or Triple Gem of Buddhist practice (Buddha nature, practice, community).

The gemstones I picked (rose quarts, amazonite, hematite) are a common combination in a lot of my work. There’s something kind of cool about seeing feminine, infantile pink and blue stones bracketed by the solid gray of the blood stone.

The lotus, like so many things, was a happy accidental find from Michaels, the craft store that’s not afraid of a broad spectrum of spiritual iconography (looking at you, Hobby Lobby). The lotus is sacred in Buddhism, representing the purity of the mind, body, and spirit, floating above the muddy waters of attachment.

I was very pleased with how lovely this turned out (but slightly more pleased with Zoe’s reaction to it!)


~ by blackmoodcraft on March 11, 2014.

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