Oval pink bronze pendant featuring seed pods and scrolls

£79.00

Product Code: 32820f

Stock Level: 1

One of a kind oval pendant featuring a hand sculpted natural scene, with stylised seed pods and curly tendrils.  The pendant is made from a high copper content pink bronze and also features texture and a little scene on the back too, below a hidden D shaped bail.

Many of my designs are informed by things I see in the natural world and this one came directly from some tiny seed pods I saw in a hedgerow late last summer.  Each seed pod was a tiny open cup shaped vessel and as it had opened to distribute the seeds, the top edges had curled down - I thought the shape was delightful.  There's a photograph I took amongst the images above.

Each element of the design has been hand sculpted and appliqued individually, representing many hours of work.  The necklace 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.  It hangs on a solid copper belcher (rollo) chain, which fastens with my own hand crafted copper hook and loop clasp.  So I think it would satisfy both requirements for either a bronze, or copper piece. 

The pendant is 31mm (1¼") tall and 26mm (1") wide.

 


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.


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