I'm a bit of a metal maniac...love it...all of it! I'm especially drawn to mixed metal pieces with aged and rustic patinas. They have the feel of warmth and I seem to be able to imagine a story behind them that gives them character and charm.
I don't have to imagine the story behind this piece. I already know it...I created it.
Last night I went into my work room with the intention to get started on some basic wire working tutorials to share here with all of you. As often happens, I was sidetracked when I spotted a napkin ring that I had picked up at a thrift store several months ago
(eight rings for only $2).
I used half the napkin ring and two pieces of broken jewelry from my stash to create this pendant; three dangles from the earring and two copper ring links
(not pictured since I didn't take any before photos).
I hammered half the napkin ring to flatten it out a bit - not completely flat as it would have broken from the stress - I did hammer the ends flat though. As you can see from the photo below, the ring did begin to crack a little from the stress but not enough to compromise the strength of the piece. I think it just adds to the character of the piece.
I smoothed the edges and roughed up the surface of the piece.
This removed most the silver exposing the brass underneath.
I soldered on the copper rings.
I connected the metal dangles with rivets that I forged from copper wire.
Finally, I created a heavy patina. I wanted the pendant to look as though
it could have been a found object from hundreds of years ago.
I loved the pendant and did not want to distract from its rustic beauty with a fancy chain so I added a simple oxidized copper chain which allows the pendant to take center stage.
I still plan to put together those tutorials on basic wire working techniques. If you are interested in learning how to make jump rings, wrapped loops, beaded links, and hook clasps, be sure to return soon. I will begin posting those tutorials in a couple of days.