"Fade to Jade," is what I am calling my new piece, fresh off my workbench. With such a long cold and snowy winter forecast for tomorrow evening, 6-10 inches of snow, I have been a busy bee indeed!
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After cutting and filing the copper sheet, I torched it for color, cleaned it with steel wool. Then I riveted to it a smaller rectangle of bronze which I had etched with Latin writing and applied a sea foam patina to highlight the writing. On top of this, I riveted a small filigree and placed an amethyst in the center. Dangling from the bottom was a single jade bead and a bronze coin charm from Ashes to Adornment (Albuquerque).
This piece was a special challenge because I fabricated my own hinges so that the pendant opens to reveal a second page. The patina I applied reminds me of an ink blot, on top I riveted a beautiful antique filigree which is showing its own patina of age. Underneath: a small turquoise stone. All of the patinas and stones go together beautifully and make me wish I was in a tropical climate with snow many miles away.