Saturday, January 28, 2012

The charm of Ancient Egypt

My art charm group is currently running a swap with ancient Egypt as the theme.  I was intrigued by this idea as soon as I heard it was coming about.  I ran across similar cat beads late last year and immediately knew what I wanted to do for my charms. This idea has literally been rattling around in my brain for months. 

The Egyptian cat God Bast, is a symbol of protection, motherhood and fertility.  Cats were so revered in ancient Egypt, that they were often mummified.  I thought that the wings were a nice symbol for the transition to eternal life.  Plus, I think it just looks cute!  I also love the serious look on the cat's face.

The wings were silver and did not really go with the brass findings required for the project.  To attend to this, I altered them with a rusting product.  I also added an additional patina agent to one side of the wings.  You can see above that some of the charms are showing a bronze side and others have a bit more of an aged patina look.  Another cool aspect of these little guys is the movement.  The wings really spin if you flick them, fun. 

I hope the gals in the swap like them.  I always look forward to seeing the outcome of my art exchanges.  The past few I have participated in have assisted me in embellishing up a few great art projects.  I am grateful for the ability to share my work, while appreciating the work of others.  Stay tuned, I am sure someday I will have a cool project showing off all my ancient goodies.



  1. Rhea, these are wonderful!! Love them!

  2. So wonderful! I look forward to trading with you in the swap!:)

    ~ Kathleen Arola

  3. Wonderful, Rhea. Can't wait to see them in person.

  4. Love these charms! The technique you used on the wings really works!

  5. Your Bast charms are beautiful, Rhea! I'm doing Bast, too, as all cats MUST be worshipped! Mine is so different from yours...I hope I get one of yours in the swap.

  6. Very cool. I'm sure everyone will love them!

  7. Rhea, your Bast charms are purr-fectly delightful! I know that the swappers who receive these will be thrilled! (and again, I'm bummed that I didn't join this swap! ACK!)

  8. I am in the ArtCharm group but didn't participate in this swap. Your idea of God Bast is wonderful---what cute beads--and I love that they actually move!

  9. Beautiful charms :) can't go wrong with anything with a cat on it :)


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