Leaf-Cutter Ant Ornament

£105.00

Life-sized ornament of the fascinating Leaf-Cutter Ant in sterling silver. Note the extraordinary shape of the head – with it’s prominent leaf-holding slot.

My next challenge is to mould a vibrantly coloured leaf shard on this little lady.

Will she be the Queen of your new colony?

 

Description

Inspiration for my Leaf-Cutter Ant Ornament

I find the sight of the Leaf-Cutter Ants carrying their vibrant trophies across precarious branches absolutely mesmerizing. So it is no surprise that on one of the earliest pages of my jewellery design notebook is the design for a Leaf-Cutter Ant necklace, featuring several ants carrying jagged shards of leaf around the collar. When I drew the sketches all those years ago, I hadn’t started creating jewellery and so had no idea of the complexity of the seemingly simple design. Now that I have a few years experience under my belt, I am keen to realize my design in a combination of sterling silver and brightly coloured enamels. The ant ornament is the first step. I am still at the stage of not quite knowing how to build this gravity-defying piece of jewellery. But the modelling of a single ant is a good starting point.

Thank goodness for the macro-photographers who kindly share their incredible images on-line. These are invaluable to me as they enable me to create a reasonably accurate image of the creature – no matter how small. And I find Leaf-Cutter Ants surprisingly charismatic. Unlike some mini-beasts of this size, their heads/faces have real character. So my next challenge is to work out how to balance a leaf on one!

This is the first in the range of Leaf-Cutter Ant jewellery. Keep an eye out for future additions to the family – or get in touch and let me know what you would like. Once I work out the technical side of things, I foresee my ant colony growing quite fast!

According to One Kind Planet, the lines that the Leaf-Cutter Ants make following each other carrying their leaves can be up to 50 metres long!

Material:

Sterling Silver

Hallmarked or Makers Mark:

Makers’ Mark

Dimensions:

The ant’s body is 20mm long. Overall dimensions 23mm x 28mm

Shipping information

Free UK delivery.

I send all items by registered mail to ensure that they are delivered safely.

Order leadtimes

I aim to keep a small stock of each item, including popular sizes, at all times. Should an item be out of stock or made to order, order leadtime is normally 3-4 weeks.

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