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« on: July 11, 2018 10:31:30 AM »



A few years ago a friend of ours who is half Japanese and grew up for the first several years of his life there before moving to the US, went back to visit his mother's family.  He brought us back a beautiful iron bell, or furin.  Similar to a set of wind chimes, they are hung mostly in the summer in Japan.  Either indoors near a window or outdoor on a eve of the house.  The ringing of the bell is equated with the sound of summer in Japan.  Here's some info about them from an online travel magazine:  

For some people, the relaxing sound of the furin paired with the sound of the Japanese cicada eases the summer heat.  The furin has a piece of paper hung from the center of the bowl shaped bell. When the wind blows, the paper catches the wind and moves the clapper to produce the sound. Thanks to the paper, the furin is able to emit the gentle sound that everyone likes enjoy during the summer months.  Furthermore, the paper is used to enhance the feeling of a cool summer breeze. The paper allows us to visually see the wind. Even when the paper moves from a light breeze, you suddenly acknowledge the presence of the wind. It is the secret of how to feel cool even on the hot and humid days of the Japanese summer.



The bell has hung on our porch for about 5 years now, but recently the cotton string broke, which in turn let the paper float away into the wind.  I though about repairing it with new paper and cotton string, but noodle-bug drew my attention to another Japanese tradition, Kintsugi, or repairing broken pottery with gold, in order to highlight the breaks, rather than hide them.  Showing the beauty of the new life the object has received through repairing it.  (She's been repairing favorite broken mugs, and repurposing them as a mini garden for her narrow boat home!)

So I repaired mine with some treasured bits and bobs from my beading stash, including a stunning handblown glass focal bead (the black one in the center of the string), some round quartz crystals, picasso art glass beads, seed beads, bead caps & spacers, and a large crystal pendant I've been holding onto, awaiting the perfect project.  I'm not sure it will ring as often as it did with the paper wind catcher, but I do love the site of it repaired and rehung on my porch, with the beads highlighting its ongoing presence in our lives, and reminding us of friends we don't see often enough.
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2018 10:35:49 AM »

I love this so hard! Seriously-this is all kinds of awesome.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2018 10:49:58 AM »

I love this so hard! Seriously-this is all kinds of awesome.

Thank you!  After renovating my studio, and not having access for so long, I'm trying to get back into beading and jewelry making daily, and this was a nice project to push me into it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2018 12:04:49 PM »

I LOVE this notion of showing the repairs and embracing beauty in the evidence of the life of treasured objects.

You've done a beautiful job of this treasured object!
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2018 01:02:52 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2018 05:16:10 PM »

I love this so hard! Seriously-this is all kinds of awesome.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2018 05:24:22 AM »

This is so beautiful.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2018 01:34:12 PM »

 I love the crystal and bead added to it. It's very pretty!
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