23 April 2012
Today's Walk Captured in Silver
All year round plant parts can be found and used to create special jewellery pieces.
I was in experimental mood today and with just a few tools to work my favorite medium, precious metal clay, I made a bracelet with unique links.
After rolling out the clay to 1mm I placed tiny leaves and seed pods onto it. One more go with the roller over the parts gave me interesting impressions and with a round cutter hovering over them I decided which areas I wanted as my circles.
Under my desk lamp they dried very quickly so I could remove the sharp edge with a foam-backed sand paper before firing them.
The holes can be drilled at that stage but I decided to use a hole punch after the firing.
With a brush I applied a solution of liver of sulphur to the fired and polished pieces which turns black and gives that wonderful 3D effect.
Oval jump rings and a clasp complete the "Nature Walk" bracelet which will become a sample piece for my classes. It will show how favorite plants can be used to also make beautiful pendants and earrings.