It started out as a butterscotch Bakelite belt buckle, a broken tortoiseshell souvenir of Rome locket, the label from a cigar box with beautiful gold embellished typeface, a mysterious gilt rococco shell from a bit of broken jewelry, a Chinese Year of Dog postage stamp, steel rebar tye wire, some costume pearls, and another bit of Bakelite, a button. The original gold colored box chain was vintage (see it in the entry below), but just didn't seem quite right, sorta flimsy, I thought. So, this iteration I added a nice curb link brass chain and antique watch key, which I think has rescued it. While working on it, trying to rationalize the components, I guess, I began thinking about loyalty (the dog, you see), and did a little poking around on the Net. Loyalty is actually a deep and complicated subject that philosophers have pondered since Aristotle. For instance, is it more than duty; does it involve choice? The argument continues to this day. And guess what? Well, on the back of the piece, I found I had collaged, "A Complicated Matter," when I did the first iteration, four years ago. So, that's its title.
Funny how things work out, eventually.