Ginesta

I made this one today.

10×10 cm, copper cloissoné enamel over copper. Transparent and opal enamels.

The picture is pretty bad because it became night and it is taken with fluorescent artificial light and without tripod. I will take a better one tomorrow. Also, in this picture the copper threads are tarnished. I think I will polish them, so the design is more evident. You can better see the lines in the progress pics,

Ginesta is the catalan name of this plant, the botanical name being Spartium junceum. Spanish: Retama, English: Spanish broom (ha!), French: Genêt d’Espagne, Dutch: Bezemstruik (yes, I know this interests only me ;P)

Found this small bit of info about the name: The branches are long and supple and were used for sweeping, hence the name. The Latin name comes from the Greek spartion as, along with Esparto grass, it was used in rope-making. In French a similar broom, the Genista scorpius, is called Genêt à balais, meaning “broom” gênet. On a more kingly note, broom gave its name to the English royal Plantagenets: the Latin planta (sprig) and genista (broom plant) were combined to form Plantagenet, referring to the sprig the Geoffrey always wore in his cap.

A member of the Pea family (Leguminosae). Grows to over 3 m. Flowers: 20-25 mm, bright yellow and solitary, but growing in profusion.

I like the smell of the flowers, and I also like humble plants :P

23 thoughts on “Ginesta

      1. Nope. I gave up enamelling before I got on the internet in 1997. I also have a ‘thing’ about putting up too much of my art on the internet, particularly as the drawings and paintings can be stolen too easily and there aren’t copyright protections in cyberspace.

        I did things like make detailled pendants with Sanskrit writing around the edges, or one of those big “Egyptian” collar/breast necklaces with the enamels mimicking the turquoise, carnelian, and ambers. But as I can’t wear any of the copper jewellery I made–I’m allergic to copper–I finally gave up working in the media.

        I’d really love to be a silversmith, but the kiln and acid bath stuff scared me. I tend to be a bit clumsy with dangerous things and I didn’t want to disable my hands.

        Nechtan :)

        1. Yes, I have seen so much art stolen… mine must be pretty bad, because it never happened to me, but I am not complaining ;D

          I would love to see that stuff, especially the pectoral (is this the name?). Have you tried giving a layer of transparent nail polish or some kind of lacquer to the back of the copper pieces? I do this to avoid the green staining, but I can’t really tell if it works because I am not allergic to anything at all.

          The kiln is not really dangerous, it is pretty difficult to burn yourself, and when you do it is so hot you don’t even feel it :) but I have to agree with you that acids can be pretty dangerous. When I worked for a gold jewellery firm, I was using fluorihidric acid all day, and next to it sulphuric and nitric are nothing… got a few ugly burns with that one, and those are painful and scary… but you get used to everything :)

          1. I have. Even multiple coats of clear lacquer or nail polish don’t seem to work for more than one wearing. I think my skin is very acidic.

            Which is too bad. I had an amazing Celtic copper bracelet I finally had to give away.

            Nechtan :)

          1. yes, nature and women, it’s all is work.
            extremely sensual…
            my bedroom is decorate by 4 posters: morning, midi, soir, night.
            in the order of the sun in the room.
            i had find these in bruxelle, when i visited an museum , it’s an house.

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