This was originally going to be another one in the Faux Pocket Watch Pendant series,but then I thought of putting a little bottle in there. I guess I'm slowly but surely working my way towards a Harry Potter-type Time Turner.
This is made from glass and watch parts, maple, walnut, the usual pin of ebony (carved from a piano key), and a type of wood called Osage Orange, leftover from the music stand I made last year. If it looks like I carefully shaped the top piece so it appears to be a part of the stopper to the bottle, well I cannot tell a lie. Total accident. I didn't even realize that was happening until I put the bottle in place.
The name of this piece comes from the contents of the bottle: two watch hands. Not many people know this, but you can keep a piece of time forever if you snap off the hands of a clock at the exact right moment. Keeping the moment from disintegrating involves a high quality bottle, and lot of skills in making home preserves. Obviously it's good manners to only preserve YOUR moments. Never trust anyone who has a bad habit of "accidentally" breaking other people's watches.
Edit: Ack! I almost forgot to give credit for the background. The eagle-eyed (and well-read) probably already figured it out, but that's the cover to "Palimpsest", a flat-out stunning book by Catherynne Valente. I have a lot of favorite authors, but Valente is one who's every book has been a joy. And I couldn't resist using that compass rose with one of my pendants.
Edit the second: Woooo! I decided at the last minute to enter this in this year's State Fair Craft Competition. Second place ribbon, my streak is intact!