Saturday, July 4, 2009

Serpent Tales

There are many poems written about Cleopatra. Shakespeare gave it a go, as did Robert Louis Stevenson, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and Shanmugam Chettiar.

But the Cleopatra poem that got stuck in my head while I was making this necklace was an old ad for Swingline staplers, remembered from childhood:

Cleopatra, with feminine guile,
Said to Tony, "Let's barge down the Nile!"
When she reached for an asp,
Her belt lost its clasp
So she stapled it up Swingline style.

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The necklace is not stapled together. Actually I wire-wrapped each individual piece with sterling silver wire.

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Staples might have been easier. It’s made with Swarovski crystals and Czech pressed glass. And it’s listed here.

For the record, I don’t think you can staple a belt shut. Just my opinion.

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