Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Blue Willow Broken China Charm Bracelet

This is a bracelet I made inspired by Lisa. She bought me this charm made from broken china. So, I could not wait to get that Blue Willow bowl I bought at the garage sale and break it. I also discovered a new flux that is not greasy or sticky and it just made the soldering much neater and smoother. Anyway, here is the outcome and I really think I want more charms on it. What do you think? Do you know the story of the Blue Willow Design? Though there are several different versions, I found this one to share with you. Each charm on this bracelet is relative to the story. I want some doves and some other things though.

Long ago, in the days when China was ruled by emperors, a Chinese manderin, Tso Ling, lived in the magnificent pagoda under the branches of the apple tree on the right of the bridge, over which droops the famous willow tree, and in front of which is seen the graceful lines of the fence. Tso Ling was the father of a beautiful girl, Kwang-se, who was the promised bride of an old but wealthy merchant. The girl, however, fell in love with Chang, her father’s clerk. The lovers eloped across the sea to the cottage on the island. The mandarin pursued and caught the lovers and was about to have them killed when the gods transformed them into a pair of turtle doves. These are seen gazing into each other’s eyes at the top of the design.


6 comments:

Amber said...

Your bracelet is really beautiful.

Susan said...

Oh, I just love Willow Ware, what a wonderful bracelet. Thanks for sharing.
Susan

Lisa said...

les, the bracelet is beautiful! can't wait to see in person. i was going to post my jewelry pictures tonight but my camera battery is dead. maybe it will charge enough later. heather is so cute-i know she was ecstatic about her winnings. the box is beautiful. lunch friday. we have to see the one and only bracelet or any jewelry renea made! she's done with that - hee hee

Rhea said...

Lesley, this is really beautiful! I think it would look great as a necklace too! You have really outdone yourself this time....I love it! Love you, Rhea

Cyndi said...

hi. love your bracelet! very beautiful, as all ur work appears to be. i was wondering if u could tell me what that mystery flux u used is called. i'm starting to solder and i like the idea of a clean flux. n e way. beautiful work and i love the story about the blue willow design.

cyndi garcia

Periwinkle Studio said...

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing that with us!