Eye-conography - The All-Seeing Eye

Eye-conography - The All-Seeing Eye
by Barbara van Look, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

While it's long appeared on the back of the American $1 bill, the all-seeing eye is getting a modern-day makeover that's seeing it used in contemporary jewelry and accessories.

Otherwise called the "eye of Providence," the all-seeing eye is frequently depicted within a triangle or a sunburst meant to indicate the presence or approval of Providence. Sometimes, the eye is shown alone and is traditionally used as a symbol of protection against negativity, envy and bad luck. Either way, eyes are conveying an additional layer of spirituality above their use as bold and colorful design elements.

While eyes are appearing on accessories such as shoes and purses, they're most commonly seen used in a variety of jewelry styles: rings, necklaces, bracelets, belts and much more. Eyes are being strung, wired, stitched on and applied to jewelry in as many ways as jewelry makers find possible. High-end eye components include stylized versions inspired by Japanese anime and 1960s Pop Art, complete with eye shadow and long lashes.
Eye-conography - The All-Seeing Eye

Eye-conography - The All-Seeing Eye Get the Look
Make jewelry and fashion accessories that are truly eye-catching by adding all-seeing eyes to your creations. Designers can opt for pre-made beads, findings and components, or form their own using a range of jewelry art supplies.
  • Add "wards off the evil eye beads or drops" to earstuds
  • Use the eye bead frame to create enameled, cloisonné or plique-à-jour eye components
  • Paint eyes, with long lashes in the style of designer Delfina Delettrez's work, onto porcelain or metal using enamel multipens. Fire in a kiln for bright color.
  • Draw, paint, etch, emboss or otherwise create eyes inside marquise-shaped frames or settings
  • Create your own eye designs with Friendly Plastic®, Shrinkable plastic, metal or polymer clays, artistic resins like Apoxie® Sculpt and other media

With a wide selection of eye-catching eye beads, findings and other jewelry-making supplies, designers can let the world know that the "eyes" have it.

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