Moxy Metals

More Plique-a-jour – Swiss Cheese Leaf
August 27, 2011, 5:31 pm
Filed under: Summer 2011 | Tags: , , , ,

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.


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