I looked long and hard for the right cave art to inspire my piece, but even though I selected some samples, nothing really worked for me. What kept cropping up was the hand-print signatures left on the walls, some prints, some silhouettes. Charcoal black or ochre red, the oh so human, I Made This, or even just, I Was Here.
I'd picked up a book for a friend years ago that had an incredible picture of a wall stamped in red hands. I was very moved by it then, but had basically forgotten about it till this challenge.
So I decided to do hand prints on a rock wall. I bought some awesome beads for a closure and edged it in little bones-- I love edging! The cuff is wide, at 3 and 3/8th inches (8.5cm) the widest yet from thebeadedlily and will fit up to a 6 1/2 inch wrist. The closure is loop and bead-- the bead being a fascinating combination of bone and stone.
It's a 2-drop peyote tapestry depicting 7 ochre hand prints on a cave wall and is edged in a primitive style with bone. It's a major statement piece for anyone who loves art and its history.
The first shot is against a cave art backdrop from Dawn of Art: The Chauvet Cave. Note the trueness of the cave colors in the cuff! The mosaic has a shot of the back of the cuff-- mirror image to the front.