Moxy Metals

More Plique-a-jour – Swiss Cheese Leaf
August 27, 2011, 5:31 pm
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How difficult it is to photograph these things!  Being not a particularly good photographer certainly doesn’t help…In any case, here’s a plique-a-jour leaf pendant I completed about two weeks ago.  Currently I’ve been too busy with commissions to post my own work, but here it is!  I dapped a piece of copper and soldered fine silver cloissonne wire to give me the details and negative space I wanted.  Then I chemically milled the copper off the back.  There was a bit of solder spillage I ought to have cleaned up before I enameled, but as this piece was a bit experimental I didn’t bother.  Next time, I hope to do a little more cleaning before the final chemical milling.  The approx. 2″ pendant came out very ephemeral and organic…I’d like to get a bit more sturdy with this process, we’ll see what I can think of next.  Expect enameled rings in the near future!  Perhaps plique-a-jour…I haven’t decided yet.  Meanwhile, I’ll spend the last days of summer riding, and making, and getting ready for my kids program in the fall.  Happy Hurricaning to all on the east coast!  Today I’m home typing instead of in the studio working thanks to a public transit shut down for Hurricane Irene.  Personally, I expect the public transit shut down to be the bigger emergency, but we’ll see.


Speed Round Plique-a-Jour Earrings
August 6, 2011, 5:29 pm
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Hi All!  You may or may not have noticed my recent hiatus.  My old camera broke, and since I was teaching a summer camp for 3 weeks and on vacation, I didn’t have a very productive July.  But now I’m back in the studio and ready for an end-of-summer rally of activity!  Like these adorable but very difficult to photograph earrings…I was headed out to a show this past week, and I wanted a pair of earrings to match my dress.  I’m currently in the process of chemical milling a beautiful plique-a-jour pendant, so I figured I’d try the process again with earrings.  This process involves filling spaces between sterling silver cloisonne wire or in a cast piece with transparent enamel, and translates to mean “light of day” because you can see through it, like stained glass windows.  I didn’t have the 3 days to wait for a tray of etching acid to chemically mill off a backing, so I fired these over investment plaster, and was fairly pleased with the results.  In just 45 minutes I was able to make a pair of serviceable earrings!  They still need some touching up and finishing – you’ll see visible schmutz on the back of one, but I think they’ll come along rather nicely.  These earrings feature simple sterling earwires with 3 wire wrapped chrysophase (not sure about that…they might be something else) seed stones, and fine silver cloisonne wire supporting 3 colors of transparent medium fire enamels.  These are uber hard to photograph, I want you to see the light coming through, but I can’t get the color balance right!  Here’s hoping I can learn how to use this camera a little better before I finish my next piece…enjoy…