One of my recent blog followers is Urban Don on Etsy. He is a "scavenger" jewelry artisan from Australia who makes his one of a kind steampunk designs from junk metal and obscure findings. His jewelry is so distinctive and eclectic, he proudly says, "Yes, this is mine and yes, it is weird".
What drew my attention was his latest collection which he calls "Masons on Acid" jewelry. It's his take on evil eye, a kind of protection jewelry. As far as I know, it's a steampunk first.
He makes his jewelry from doll parts, old charms, etched metal and whatever he can find. He writes a blog and features his amazing creations on his Flickr photostream.
Evil eye beads go back centuries and can be found in many cultures. They were meant to protect one from harm caused by the envy of others. The staring eye is intended to deflect back the malicious "gaze" such was the superstitious fear. In some Middle Eastern cultures like in Turkey, the beads sometimes feature hands with palms forward as if to signal "Halt, you evil bad luck!" You could say evil eye jewelry is an anti-jinx talisman.
Other Evil Eye posts:
- Warring States Lamp Work Bracelet (Origin of Warring States beads)
- Nazar Boncugu - Turkish evil eye beads
- Catherinette Rings - Steampunk Mastery
- How to make a Steampunk Ring (also explains what steampunk is)
- How to make a Beaded Steampunk Bracelet
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