Faux amber cabochon set in a pink bronze bezel pendant

£145.00

Product Code: 32778f

Stock Level: 1

A one of a kind and entirely hand crafted faux Chinese amber cabochon pendant on chain, which features a glossy round and deeply domed cabochon of faux Chinese amber made from polymer clay.  The high gloss cabochon is set within an arched and teardrop decorated bezel and the pendant also has appliqued decoration on the reverse, allowing it to be worn both ways. 

The pendant features a large glossy cabochon that I have made from polymer clay to mimic the appearance of Chinese amber with its fissures and dark cracks of matrix.   The cabochon has been set into a pendant hand crafted in pink bronze metal clay and is set with a circle bezel of geometric arches, cut from a thin sheet of rolled out dry clay, using a cutting machine from my own digitally drawn design.  The beauty of this method is that it allows you to adjust the design to fit the circumference perfectly before cutting.  It has been further decorated with lots of tiny cut teardrop shapes around the edges.  The cabochon has been extensively hand sanded and buffed to a glass like surface finish and been varnished with around a dozen thin layers of acrylic varnish to protect it and maintain the high gloss finish.

The pendant can also be worn on the reverse side which can be seen in the additional images.  The back features a hand appliqued pattern of leaves and swirls.  The details are individually hand formed and painstakingly applied with tweezers and a magnifier and taking many hours of work.  The pendant hangs from a smooth tubular and polished bail, which is also adorned with tiny balls and leaves, as can be sen in one of the close up images.

The pendant has been made by me in a pink bronze metal clay called Desert Sun, which has a high copper content, but is officially a bronze.  So I think it would satisfy both requirements for either a bronze, or copper piece, as the supplied chains are solid copper too.

Larger photos:

If you'd like to see more details of this piece, I've created a gallery of larger versions of the images above.

Size:

The pendant drops 41mm (1.6") from the chain and is 35mm (1.4") at its widest.  The dome of the cabochon makes the pendant 16mm (0.6") deep at the centre.

I suggest two chain lengths:

I would suggest that the pendant could either be worn at the throat within the neckline of clothing, or longer over the top of a garment.  To this end I will supply the pendant with two chains - one for each type of wear.  

I would suggest a finer chain something in the area of 18" long and a heavier matching chain around 24-30" - but please do specify your own preferences in the comment box during checkout.  The fine/shorter chain will be a really nice quality antiqued copper cable chain (as shown) which fastens with my own hand crafted hook and loop clasp.  The heavier and longer chain would be a lovely quality belcher (rollo) chain.


What is metal clay?

Metal clay (now available in base metals like copper, bronze, iron, steel and brass and precious metals like silver and even gold) is a clay like medium made from tiny particles of metal, combined with an organic binder and made into a pliable clay or paste with water. After working with the clay-like medium to form the article, it is thoroughly dried to remove all of the water, the shape is further refined and then fired at very high temperature in a kiln to both burn off the binders and to cause the metal particles to fuse together as solid metal - this firing takes a full day to complete - at which time I tend to work with crossed fingers, hoping that the kiln gods are smiling on me that day and it fires successfully.   Not everything does


Please note that due to the value and unique nature of this item, it will be posted Special Delivery within the UK (which will require signature on delivery) or by a signed for International service where the service is available.  There is no additional charge for this, it is my preference to send it in this manner.


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