There have been a few additions to my Oregon inspired hand-painted jewelry collection and I thought it time to show them and the spaces that inspire them a little love. Above is my first painted Oregon charm necklace. It is sealed with non toxic acrylic and has a real gold leaf background. It is finished off with a gold grommet and has doubled up fine, vintage gold plated chain. The charm showcases that sweet baby that I spoke of a few days ago, Mt Hood. You can purchase one HERE.
Punchbowl Falls is a beauty to behold. In recent years the trail has become so crowded that I tend to shy from it. Recently some teenagers started a huge fire with fireworks on this very trail. The blaze closed down many of these beloved spots, so us Oregonians are really hurting. Hoping these earrings remind us of those better days that are bound to return. Get the earrings HERE.
This beautiful bridge sits just to the north of downtown Portland, connecting the neighborhood of St Johns to Hwy 30 and Forest Park. This is the first time I have painted these so slender and long and the shape compliments the cathedral-like bridge perfectly. Get a pair HERE.
Mt Adams sits to the Northeast of us and is truly magnificent. I have only visited the Mt Adams wilderness once and my breath was taken for certain. The terrain was quite distinctive compared to what I am used to closer to Portland. You need permits to hike on many of the trails on Mt Adams because the majority of it is still First Nation owned, which is amazing. You can get these earrings any time, HERE.
No collection would be complete without Oregon’s crown jewel, Multnomah Falls. I have visited countless times, even with the terrifying masses crowding the viewpoints. I’m willing to brave those crowds just to stand for a moment in the spectacle of these falls. Above I have two styles of the falls, Winter (top) available HERE and Summer (bottom) available HERE.
Finally I re-visit Mt Hood! On clear days the mountain gleams in the distance from many vantage points in Portland. Every single time I visit closer to the mountain and it comes into view I exclaim something, be it a curse word, or a simple “Wow” – the mountain never, ever fails to impress. I have three pairs listed on my etsy page, version 1, version 2, and version 3. You can also see many more nature inspired earrings and paintings in my store.
A glimpse into my week shows you waterfalls and swimming holes, gay fun with toys (green lantern John Stewart and MOTUC Clamp Champ), yellow apatite, Star Wars necklaces (Darth Vader and C3PO), green tourmaline, nautical goodness with pearl, pink coral and starfish, and even a handful of huckleberries.
This week was my first time picking huckleberries. Searching for them is a a ton of work and often times a bush will have just one or two tiny berries. It took hours to get just half a cup, but they are oh so delicious.
The Star Wars pieces are always a hit – both are bib necklaces with steampunk elements. Yellow apatite is my biggest seller on etsy as the stone is a bit harder to come by than it’s teal blue counterpart and each piece has a prism locked inside it. The green tourmaline is a favorite of mine as it combines emerald with olive, two of the very best shades of green. The stone dances around on vintage gold plated chain in the pair of earrings pictured here. I have already received beaucoup compliments on the nautical inspired pink coral and pearl bracelet – complete with starfish charm, so that one is sure to go quickly. A little black love in toy form here with a shirtless masters of the universe Clamp Champ and Green Lantern’s own John Stewart. They were photographed in the very same swimming hole where I am pictured and I’m not telling where that was as it is my secret spot, just for me.
All of the beauties pictured here are listed now on my etsy site, HERE Etsy Zachary Pryor – except for the huckleberries and the toys. Those are mine.