It’s true, I haven’t had many posts of new work recently. As I’ve said, it’s not because I haven’t been working in the studio, but rather because of what I’ve been working on and they way I’ve been working. I had too many pieces going on at the same time to show a nice progression. Also, I had been working on a couple of larger pieces too. (I do still have to patina the copper and silver pieces, plus I’m still working on a matched earring/necklace set.)
But this past weekend I spent getting some new cuffs and giant earrings ready for the upcoming Fall Into Fine Craft show in Carlisle, PA. I’ll be in the boutique section and I wanted to showcase some new jewelry pieces there. You should really stop by and see these (and all the other artists’ pieces) in person. If you’re like me, you have a ton of October birthdays to shop for. You can also kick start your holiday shopping early. October 25 & 26 10am – 5pm. Be there or have unhappy wrists and ears. Your call. Oh, and don’t forget you can see Elemental in the Team Challenge Gallery too!
So I got tired of working on the big vessel thingy that I’ve been trying to finish and decided to work on another, faster project right now. This one is a medallion type pendant that is… inspired by this year’s super bowl, Ebb & Flow. You knew I was going to say that didn’t you?
I had this design sitting around just waiting for me to get cracking on it, so I made an executive decision to work on something faster for now. It’s just what I’m in the mood for. The vessel will still get finished, just not right this second.
So I transcribed the design to paper patterns and then onto the copper and silver sheet. Each piece was cut out, the silver one was pierced, and then they were both filed. I then drew the pattern to cut the copper piece to fit the silver piece and cut and filed that bad boy also.
Next I’m going to texture the background of the copper piece and then both will be riveted together. That long piece jutting out from the copper will be the bail. I haven’t decided yet what sort of collar to put it on yet. I also haven’t decided whether to form the pieces a little or leave them flat. We’ll see what happens.
Yes, you read that right. I made a set of matching pieces. This doesn’t happen all that often, so you should mark this on your calendar.
But seriously, these pieces were inspired by my pendant that was inspired by my Super Bowl. Sometimes you just get a really good idea that keeps going. I decided that I wanted to try the pendant design as something smaller, so I thought, “I’ll make a ring.” That thought led to, “why not earrings, too?” Which naturally led to, “a pendant would really tie this set together.”
The ring and pendant are made out of slightly thicker sterling silver sheet, while I kept the earrings lighter. I textured the silver, cut out the shapes and filed the edges. Then I cut out the inner shapes, once again filed, then sanded everything up all nice.
The next step was adding the other parts – little hoops in the earrings and on the back of the pendant, ear wires, chain, and the shank on the ring. After it was all put together and a final clean-up, I darkened it all with liver of sulfur. You didn’t think I’d keep them shiny, did you?