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A Mana Orb….called “Lava Flow”

December 2, 2023

We’ve returned to Hawaii…and to our Kawela Bay.  After a week of rain and chilly mornings, the sun has returned and the day was so beautiful. My perfect day ….a morning walk…time sitting on the beach…and then the afternoon in the studio,  creating. Heaven.

It’s inspiring to walk the beaches here and to come upon shells or coconut shards and then take them back to the studio so they can sing their song to me.  Today I created a Mana Orb.  Here in Hawaii, the meaning of the word Mana is  “a spiritual energy and healing power which can exist in places, objects and persons.”  I create these using found objects and coconut shards and I believe that they hold the Mana of Hawaii.

First I gather found pieces together to decide which to use:


Today I decided to use a coconut shard as the outer orb and a cacao pod inside, backed with a large sea shell.   I use a strong instant glue and apoxie sculpt to adhere the pieces together.  Then I apply a thin coat of apoxie sculpt on the inside of the shards and color that with metallic powders.  Then I begin to embellish…adding beads and vintage jewelry to the pod.


I never know exactly where the piece is headed as it takes on a life of its own.  My original thought was that it would be all in shade of white with crystals but as you can see, this pod had another idea.

I like to ground the energy of the pieces with natural twigs and as with all my pieces, the last touch is that of Swarovski rhinestones. I love the sparkle of light that it brings.


The flow of the burgundy beads declared the name of this Mana Orb as “Lava Flow”.


This piece is available at Full Fathom Five.  Fullfathomfivehawaii@gmail.com

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