A dear friend asked me if I would be interested in donating a piece of jewelry for a silent auction at our local hospital here in Santa Fe, the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The silent and live auctions are a part of the 2011 Glamour and Gauze, a Gala that is organized for the hospital every year.
Because of my past experience as a CT technologist, I immediately began to think of ideas for a piece of jewelry that I could create to help raise money for the trauma program at St. Vincent's. I am now a full-time jewelry artist, and decided I would combine my professions to create a piece of art that would mesh perfectly with the theme of the event.
I worked in CT (Cat Scan) for about 6 years before moving to Santa Fe. During that time I met tons of wonderful people and created many lasting friendships. A neuroradiologist agreed to give me some of his old "teaching files" with which I was able to create this unique necklace that was later named, "Mind Over Matter."
Using original films from MRI imaging of the brain, I cut out the desired images and intricately weaved them together with sterling silver-filled wire, creating a wave effect that is quite stunning. I finished the piece with Sardonyx gemstones and swarovski crystals, and of course a handmade clasp and chain.
When I was finished with the piece, I posted pics on my facebook fan page . I then asked for ideas of names for the necklace and was elated to see all the creative ideas from my fans.
I chose "Mind Over Matter" because of its dual meaning... It is a picture of the brain (mind), and when worn, rests over the body (matter). However, the coolest thing is that "Mind Over Matter" is actually a MANTRA FOR HEALING... which is RIGHT ON with the whole reason I created this piece. THANK YOU CHELSEA for this awesome play on words.
Then I began to think about the display. It would have to be like a lightbox- one like a radiologist would use to read films.
I took my trademark display idea (displaying my jewelry on vases) to a new level by using the glass from a wall sconce. The shape of the sconce was perfect as a necklace display and allowed me to shine light up from the bottom, creating my "viewbox." COOL, right?
Here is a photo of the supplies I used to make the display...
I then sprayed the sconce with a "glass frosting" spray...
Painted the box black...
Put it all together and this is what you get!
Now we're ready! Bring on the Gala!