Okay, so I had some trouble getting online this weekend, which wasn’t so great. That said, I managed to find some time to work on other projects. Seeing as the read along started off this week, I already decided to go back and finish a project I started off earlier this year, and make a peice of jewelry for each of the Valar. So here they are! :)
Manwë- This one was pretty easy to figure out once I had the idea going. His is the bracelet wrapped in blue thread, the beads are different shades of blue as well, and he gets some feathers on there because of the Eagles.
Varda- Varda’s piece is a pair of earrings. I had these two mottled purple stone beads with these almost silvery specks in them, they reminded me of the night sky so I knew I had to use them. There are also some silver chains with other beads dangling down around the stones at the center, which are sort of meant to represents stars and planets and things like that.
Ulmo- His is the one with the turquoise and the seashells :) Yeah, I pretty much had Ulmo’s design set out from the beginning.
Aulë-I knew I had to do a chain for Aulë, smith that he is. His piece is a mix of metals (gold and bronze) because he was the one who came up with meals, rocks, and minerals, and the red stone on the chain is supposed to be representative of forge fire.
Yavanna- Her bracelet is made up of green glass beads, and some wooden beads as well. Only fitting for the Vala who made all the plants and animals on middle earth (and also Ents), don’t you think?
Oromë- Oromë’s bracelet is wrapped in brown thread, and uses bone and red glass beads. I was going for a bit of a rougher look with this one, a bit simpler, because he is the huntsman of the Valar. I think I got something fitting here though.
Vána- Because Vána is accociated with flowers I wanted to give her something really colorful. Her bracelet is the one with the pink, red, and geen beads. There are some almost irridecent beads on there too, and of course, two kinds of flower shaped beads: silver roses, and turquoise flowers. :)
Námo (Mandos)- Being Lord of the Dead, Doomsman of the Valar, and generally just the rather quiet and mysterious Vala that he is, I went with the black beads for his bracelet. the focal bead is kind if irregularly shaped, but otherwise kind of featureless which is kind of what I was going for with this piece. Yeah, Mandos is another one I had pretty much figured out before I began.
Vairë- Vairë’s bracelet was made of braided stretch chord because she is the weaver, so I wanted something a bit more fabric-like for her. Dark blue, purple and white with a subtle glitter to it which I thought made it look a bit more ethereal.
Irmo (Lórien) - Irmo’s bracelets are a mix of iridescent purples and blues, the bigger beads are hazy with swirls of purple and blue across them. There’s no real pattern to them, the randomness and colors were meant to aim for a dreamy quality, because, well…Vala of dreams and visions.
Estë- Estë got another pair of earings, this time a pair of shiny blue beads with silver flowers dangling down from them. The beads were supposed to evoke the kind of sleepy, dreamlike quality that I was aiming for in Irmo’s bracelet, because Estë is supposed to heal hurts and weariness and grant rest. The flowers are supposed to represent her dwelling place in the gardens of Lórien, and they’re silver because Estë usually wears grey.
Nienna- Nienna’s was the third pair of earrings I made. I used the same black beads as I’d used on Mandos’s bracelet, and I dangled pieces of silver chain down from them. The chain is supposed to represent her tears, because she is the Vala of pity, mourning and grief.
Tulkas- So for Tulkas I wanted to go for something rougher even then what I went with for Oromë. I’d already made Nessa’s bracelet, and thought it had something like the look I was going for (fitting, seeing as Tulkas and Nessa are husband and wife) but I had trouble figuring out the clasp. Tulkas has always reminded me of all the Valar, the most of ancient mythology and stories of heroes like Hercules and Thor. So digging through my stuff, I saw I had these gold coins and I was like “perfect!” I glued on a wooden bead, and there it was. So Tulkas’s bracelet is a leather chord, clasped shut with that bead and coin combination, and…I dono, I think it works for him.
Nessa- Nessa’s association with deer was what really inspired this bracelet. it’s a leather chord, clasped shut with a mottled greed and brown stone bead. Nessa’s just seemed a bit more of the wild sort to me, earthier somehow, than say, Vána, and I wanted something to reflect that. It’s a simple piece, but I like it and I think it works for her.^^