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Silver Shadow

I am pleased to say that Fade to Jade has found a new home and that I received many compliments on it.  Thank you!

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So here we are, finally at the end of another big snowstorm. What an incredible winter this has been!  The good news for me is that I've been able to spend a lot of time at my bench finishing off pieces that were waiting for inspiration.  This is my latest:  Silver Shadow

It started off with a wonderful Sterling and turquoise antique orphan earring that I found in a jam-packed curio shop in Round Pond, Maine.  

The back-plate is a beautifully antiqued piece of nickel and silver which I torched to obtain the charcoal grey luster. I polished and textured the edges to bring back a touch of the silver and then added some Sterling accents and a toggle clasp.  

I confess I have worn this several times, to test it out :), and it looks great on a light colored sweater.  

The necklace is $200. (Three inches long, 1 1/8 inch wide.)


Fade to Jade

"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.