We have been collaborating artists our entire married lives. Our work is always evolving. The experiences we share, or individually participate in, become a part of what we create. Bruce photographs and throws pots and I paint and create jewelry and other objects from precious metals. Bruce's photos are sometimes the inspiration or reference for my paintings and often times I sculpt and carve into his pottery. The results from our combined knowledge and skills becomes something beautiful that we enjoy sharing. Enjoy.

May 10, 2014

Oh look where those branches ended up!!

This pendent is 3 inches long from bail to the point of the hanging stone. I cut the bear from heavy
gauge sterling and soldered it to a larger back plate. I blackened the edges, as well as the
bear to accent the top and balance out the whole piece. I soldered the branches to either side
of the tube bail. I should note here that I tried placing the branches reversely, however they looked
more like antlers! I guess that would have been ok if the cut out was a deer. Moving on; I used one
of my favorite techniques to hang the Mookaite cabachon from the bear. Although it's not technically
a hinge, it works like one and allows the bottom weight to move with your body. Thanks Ed for helping me figure that out. So the Mookaite, which is a lovely stone mined in Australia, and is said to
strengthen the immune system, was cut and cabbed by a fellow jewelry maker. I set it in sterling and left an outer edge which I blackened to relate to the bear above.
  I'm not in love with the commercial Omega chain I hung this piece from. I'm now beginning to think I will use brown leather cord with sterling closures instead. Once again, I would love to hear what you think. Go to the comments icon here or email me. Thanks for looking!
  This piece will be for sale this summer. I may place it on Etsy...not sure.

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