Back in December we started brainstorming for a January jewelry surprise. Something fun and seasonal, and not part of our usual designs. And, no joke, we found it loitering on the fence of the back pasture - Bittersweet Vine.
Bittersweet's kind of a funny plant - its berries are gorgeous - bright red orange. But it's an invasive, and shows up and takes over all over the place, and so in general it isn't a great idea to use it as an ornamental. But - resin's the exception. Since the berries are completely contained in the resin - like a bug trapped in amber - they can't be spread. And so, we're so happy to announce that Bittersweet is our January surprise. Because January can always use a little bit of brightening up, right?
Before we started making the jewelry we had to get the Bittersweet off of the pasture fence. The day before we started Christmas break we headed over to gather it. It was a beautiful day, and the perfect way to start a break.
Since then the Bittersweet has been drying in our studio (and on my Christmas tree), and now it's finally ready for the resin. I'm super happy with how it has turned out - the resin brightens and amplifies the color, and it's gorgeous. Also fun - the berries give the bracelets and necklaces a little bit of texture, so you can just barely feel the shape of the berries through the resin. And because the berries are a little bigger than our usual botanicals, we can only put them in the bracelets and bar necklaces - there isn't room in the other pieces.
This January Surprise arrives in my shop on Wednesday January 18, and I hope you enjoy it. We've certainly had a great time making it. And one thing to note - we only have as much as we gathered from the pasture, so once it's gone it's gone.