I am sure you will get a few responses on your request. What you
are asking is about art and not ornamentation. I applaud your
wishing to make a powerful statement for your friend, and for
his/her wish to stay sober. A very good friend of mine is in her
second year of sobriety, and I have been priviledged to watch her
artwork grow and blossom.
What you are asking for is a a metaphor for a recovering alcoholic.
There are a couple of ways I would go about it and these might
assist you in arriving at your own design.
One idea I have is to recreate a set of stairs, 12, for the 12 step
program. I also know that people in AA receive a token as a reward
for staying sober for a set number of months. This image could be
etched into the metal in some way that it is only recognizable to
I like the idea of your using ironwood, as it takes a will of iron
to stay sober. Using the idea of ironwood, possibly iron could be
used on the belt buckle and have the idea play off the two
The reverse of the buckle could be used for something more literal,
as only the wearer would know that it was there. When I make
jewelry, I make sure that I place something on the back as a secret
for the wearer.
Think of the kinds of grains or fruits that alcohol is made from.
Perhaps one of their images could be used. Or how about a chemical
There are many different text fonts where you could maniuplate a
Hope this helps. Let us know what you finally come up with.
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