Friday, May 18, 2007

Dragonfly Crazy

The dragonfly, now called "tombo" in Japanese, used to be called "akitsu". Japan was once called Akitsushima meaning "The Island of the Dragon-fly".

Traditionally known as katsumushi or the "invincible insect", the dragonfly was a favorite symbol of strength among Japanese warriors.

These dragonflies are set on bases of mokume gane polymer clay - one mini mokume gane, one with translucent and copper foil. Katsumushi incorporates some tiny dichroic droplets by Kelly Keniston to form the body and the centers of the eyes.


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