I have always been fascinated by mica. Though common, it has always held allure for me, its watery and reflective properties like the mercurial stuff of dreams. I spent some time recently experimenting with mica and managed to produce a couple pairs of heart shapes and wings, drilled small holes, and placed onto silver ear hook wires or necklace chains. I left some of the edges slightly uneven for organic texture and raw appearance while preserving the integrity of the natural mineral. The design as an original Sundust concept, was produced from a mica slab I mined myself locally.
I also managed to get a hold of some gorgeous faceted thick mica stones. They dazzle me. The stones are of varying proportions and I placed together a few sets, some customized pieces and a couple Sundust Linx bracelets with the bedazzling beauties.
The composition and properties of mica make it very fragile and prompt the most delicate handling for working with the mineral. Nonetheless its mysterious reflections yield a magical aura to be explored. The fragility whispers to me and I acknowledge my own frailty as a human being. Some of my design attempts shattered to shards, but I salvaged the fragments and piled them into a miniature glass bottle and corked closed. The vial necklace of remnants contains a pinch of that mystical power.