It takes several days to construct due to the number of steps involved: etching the copper or brass which has been stamped with a design, in an acid bath; cutting the shape with a jeweler's saw, drilling the holes for the rivets, applying a patina and antiquing the metal, riveting the piece together, making the chain links and finally, applying a fixative.
The necklace, or pendant version, which I've called Ancient is very special, too. I have acquired rare and unusual-looking stones and fossils from a stone cutter (lapidarian) in Tucson.
For each I have custom cut an underpinning with prongs which I attach to a metal base. The prongs fasten the stone to the underpinning, which I then rivet to the metal base. There is one on display at The Artisans and I have two more on my work bench in progress: one is a lovely fossil sand dollar and the second is a very unusual stone called Ribbon Turquoise. It actually has a strand of turquoise cutting through it like a narrow river. Quite beautiful.I will be teaching Artifact, the bracelet, for the second time on Saturday, April 24 at Star's Beads in Vienna.