One of my many passions is gardening. I'm not fanatic about it, but I do enjoy watching my plants and trees grow and intermingle, year to year. After an extended weekend a few weeks ago, I noticed my beloved River Birch leaves looked all brown on the backside. I thought it might need water, but upon further inspection, I noticed thousands of japanese beetles (shown above inhabiting my oriental lily) have made my tree their home. I was so disappointed and wanted them away at all costs. But even as gross as they were (procreating in my tree!) They left behind a delicate lacy leaf. Evidently the veins of the leaves were too tough even with their ravenous appetite. It inspired my next piece for the spoken truth series. "See beauty in all things".
This necklace and earrings were created from the skeletons of the River Birch leaves. I encased the leaves with fine silver and for the earrings layered a resin coated lacy leaf to create "Delicate Destruction". I hope you also try to see the beauty in nature, no matter what the cost.