Sunday, July 27, 2014

When Do We Eat? Musings on Hannibal Lecter

Just a quick posting on a late summer night....I have been watching a lot of TV lately, catching up on some shows that I have missed over the years. At the moment I am two seasons into "Spiral", the French police and legal drama so popular in France and the UK. It's streaming on Netflix, and I recommend it.

One of the shows I am fascinated by is "Hannibal". I am a huge fan of that canon and had a customer some years ago who requested some interesting pieces based on these novels (see below). I miss doing themed jewelry and perhaps will get back to it.

Photo by Robert Trachtenberg/NBC

At one of the gems shows this spring I spied a group of Imperial Jasper cabochons that immediately made me think of Dr. Lecter. I filed the ideas away into my memory palace and finally got to work last month on one of them.

Looks like a marrow bone, doesn't it?

I wanted to try out something different rather than setting this cab into a bezel and thus hiding the interesting edges. This all-in-one base, prong and bail idea took longer than I anticipated to execute (heh), but it turned out well. The prongs next time will be thinner and shorter as I think they're a tad overstated, but I like the strength of it and the warm copper with this richly hued gemstone. I gave it a matte satin finish in order to serve as a contrast to the shiny polished surface of the stone.

Since I wanted a long chain for this, brass ball chain is an inexpensive option, and no clasp is required. It's All About the Jasper, so you can have your own bone marrow necklace to wear when the third season of Hannibal begins!

Great gift idea (if a trifle macabre) for doctors as well. It's here.

All right. 

Some years ago, I had a very interesting and imaginative customer who asked me to make a series of custom pieces centered on the Hannibal Lecter books and films. I was already a fan so I didn't have to do much research. At the time I was into altered art dominoes, and in fact have a few pieces left in my shop of older work. I had a huge collection of charms and enjoyed thinking up and making theme-centered bracelets and necklaces. My lovely customer gave me some parameters and graphic files and let me go to work carrying out her wishes. Looking back, it was a dream project as I am a keen hunter of components and enjoyed finding ways to illustrate the many ideas and themes in this canon.

I made a pendant necklace for each of the films/books. 

Hannibal Rising (2007) I made two necklaces for this epic film.

Hannibal Rising #1. Vintage chain with blood-red beads and charms. The tile is a movie poster I put together from images and the back contains text.

Hannibal Rising text tile

Hannibal Rising #1 charms  - a starling, of course

Hannibal Rising #1. A boar, eating utensils, blood, handcuffs - just a regular Saturday night for Hannibal.

Hannibal (2001)


 Same chain, movie poster/text main tile, and pertinent charms.


Hannibal shield of Florence tourist charm - thanks, eBay

Hannibal. Yes, those are brains in a pan. Polymer clay brains - that was fun.

Hannibal charms

Hannibal Rising (2007) #2 necklace

Hannibal Rising #2

Hannibal Rising

Too bad I couldn't find a katana charm - this sword had to do. Silver origami charm, locket of Mischa photo, a teddy bear, a moon charm (forget why), Japanese tensha bead, Asian bead, Nazi Germany coin in filigree which I'd found years ago in a costume rental house.

Hannibal Rising

Hannibal Rising

Red Dragon (2002)

Red Dragon

Mahjong tile, moon phase charms, tooth charm, piece of mirror in filigree, and an eye. Had to use the Francis Bacon painting as well.

I forgot that I had so much of that vintage chain!

Red Dragon

                                                                Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs

Scissor charms, a lamb, ubiquitous eating utensils, a pearl (Clarice's necklace), starling, handcuffs, and butterfly

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Hannibal Series Necklace

Necklace Charms

You Are The Honey In The Lion - Resin pendant

Silence of the Lambs cell phone charm (remember cell phone charms?)

Hannibal Films bracelet

Hannibal Films bracelet

Hannibal Locket - great Victorian-style beads and a raw metal filigree locket

I ended up redoing this text piece under resin as it's rather sloppy. 
Resin + raw metal can yield discoloration if not sealed before pouring (and sometimes after).

What a trip down memory lane this post was! It was a LOT of work, but most enjoyable. I must ask my customer if she is enjoying the new Hannibal series. Perhaps I'll make something new like these?