On October 29, 2013, I shared some recent experiments with you, where I was attempting to capture the look of ancient pottery shards in metal:
Most of these pieces have since “grown up” into finished jewelry. I wanted to share the finished pieces with you!
After I got my patinas the way I wanted them (which included, on some of the pieces, a whisper of gilder’s paste over the top to bring up some pattern), I sealed each one with three coats of Permalac and a coat of Renaissance Wax on the front (which darkened the colors nicely) and one coat of Permalac on the back, which I left as bare, burnished copper. The two green pieces and the teal piece also got several coats of Age-It over the top (available from Sculpt Nouveau–I LOVE this stuff, it’s like tea-staining, but for metal patinas.)
Here are the creative homes they eventually found. This piece includes amethyst nuggets and Indonesian glass in a lovely cinnamon color from Happy Mango Beads. (I’ve been totally into making bar chain, linked with wire wrapped beads.)
|Jacob’s Grape-a-Licious Ladder|
This one has carnelian, amethyst, red agate, golden jasper, carnelian, bronzite and a sea urchin spine. And more bar chain.
I paired this one with rhyolite, prehnite, Czech glass, dragon’s blood jasper, Indonesian glass, and I think green opal. I’ve been doing this knotting thing, where I put one strand through the bead, and the other one around the bead, and tie a half hitch at the end, and then a regular overhand knot with both strands, and then on to the next bead, alternating which strand goes in/around the bead. It makes for an interesting jumbly, nubbly, irregular pattern.
This one has lots of recycled glass and Indonesian glass (all from Happy Mango Beads) and one of my favorite Karen Totten (AJE member) beads:
For this one I went with sunset colors, with carved flowers in poppy jasper, tiger eye, fancy jasper, and red agate; red creek jasper, red picture jasper, moukaite jasper (I’m all about jasper, apparently), and a dash of Indonesian glass in amber.
For this one below, I channeled my inner Leprechaun. I chose large, irregular turquoise heishi, prehnite discs, celery green and blue-green kyanite, emerald green aventurine, golden jasper (I’m making that up, I don’t know what those little goldenrod-colored stones are), peridot, moukaite, “prehnite” chalcedony (on the clasp ring), and a fabulous handcrafted porcelain leaf by Karen Totten (I actually started this with just the focal and Karen’s leaf, and riffed off that). I’ve been doing this thing with my own oversized, tube-riveted bead tips (those are the copper tabs at the end of the knotted portions).
|Interview with a Leprechaun|
For this one, I decided to go hog-wild with my sterling silver stash. I hadn’t been using it partly because of price, and partly because of my love affair with copper, but I figured, hey–the money’s already gone, might as well use it; and I just thought the teal and turquoise cried out for silver. I went with more more of my turquoise heishi, a flat turquoise drop, kyanite, African turquoise, green apatite, bronzite and pale topaz Czech glass (the color makes me think of whiskey and soda) to draw out the browns in the focal (purely serendipitous–this came from the Age-It treatments, I didn’t use any brown patinas). For both this piece and the one above, I used a deliciously rustic, undyed Irish waxed linen cording from White Clover Kiln that’s slightly thicker than the other shades of Irish waxed linen. I recently got a huge spool of it from Mary so now I can go crazy with it! And notice more bar chain, this time with double-ended ball headpins wrapped around the middles.
|Treasure of Tenochtitlan|
Phew! Seven down, two to go…Thanks for looking!
(The ones with links above (in the captions) are still available in my shop, Lune. The items without links are already sold.)