Sunday, January 10, 2016

shopwork for regalia which our plucky heroine keeps body and soul together...

All the last week most of my time was spent in the workshop, as I'd two different pieces of regalia on order for delivery this weekend. Part of the challenge was that in the middle of all this my kiln (Mr Hot) had a structural reversal, and one of the two springs that counter-load the heavy door, snapped. There was no place in all the city to acquire a replacement; much to my dismay. (note: on a query to the manufacturer, I found that I can order replacement springs at a reasonable price, even though the kiln itself is about twenty years old) I did manage a workaround, and got my work completed in a timely if stressful way.

One of the two pieces was a small 1" diameter heraldic medallion, to be given as a token of affiliation. My client sent me a drawing of her badge, which I then used to create a cloisonné enamel with the agreed upon golden yellow background.

This is what a not quite finished basic setting looks like, before being polished and having the enamel set... simple serrated bezel made to the size of the enamel, with a single bail and soldered jump ring. In this case I decided to use some twist wire for the jump ring. The simple setting is a good frame for the heraldic badge enamel. This is an example of the kind of custom work I love making for people

The other piece I worked on this past week was another small (1" diameter) enamel, this is a tiny Laurel medallion, which was given as a gift from her friends to the newly elevated Prudence Goodheart, at An Tir 12th Night on Saturday morning. This setting has a modest elaboration of a pendant freshwater pearl, inspired by various Renaissance jewels that also use both simple and complex pearl and gemstone pendants to decorate their settings.
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1 sekrit santa gift iPod speakers -
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  1. What lovely pieces, you are a true Artist!

    1. Thank you Ruthie... the two people that were the eventual recipients were really happy, which makes me happy. I guess I am quite fortunate that at least a small part of my income stream is making simple and elaborate enameled jewelery. After all, that is what I specialised in when I went to college; most folks that study art and handicraft end up in a different line of work altogether