Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I bet you've been wondering where I've been hiding!!! Well, here I am!!!

I finished the wedding jewelry for my client that found me through the Blog. Hehehe. I'm still amazed that people really do read this!!!

The design for her jewelry was to match her wedding outfit, which was a beautiful red-orange color with beading. If you want to see the sketches, click here.

The pieces are fabricated from Sterling Silver with Tourmaline briolette. The necklace is convertible... where the main pendant is located on the choker is also the clasp, sooooo... when she doesn't want to wear the large pendant... she can put on a simple 'S' hook.

The design and finish of this piece is a little more 'hand made' looking... which is what the client had expressed to me in our meeting. So, I made each link of the chain by hand... starting with cutting each piece of 14 guage round wire about 20mm, filing it to the shape of a tooth pick (tapered at the ends), bending it into a 'u' shape and forging the bottom of the 'u' to make it flat and wide (leaving the hammer marks on it.) From there, half of them were bent into a loop on each end, the other half of them I melted the ends of the 'u' to create a ball. Then I polished and assembled it. By doing this, each of the links are slightly a different size and shape.

I was thrilled when she tried it on and it fit perfectly at the base of her neck. I can't wait to see the wedding photos!!!

Back to work!


^-^ said...

Wow! That sounds like a lot of hard work.

Makes me feel guilty about sitting at home - doing nothing - wearing my gorgeous jewelry! Thank you so much for such a lovely piece!

The TJ piggy bank is now in full service!

kelmurphy said...

love love love these!

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