Marriage-of-Metal is a procedure that fuses two or more metals into one sheet, which can be cut into shapes for rings, earrings, pendants, etc. The ring pictured above features copper fused to sterling silver, and then backed with sterling silver and formed into a ring. Typically, the metals chosen are different colors, or patina to different colors, which forms the design of the piece.
Jewelry using Marriage-of-Metal
In these examples, the starting point was a sheet of copper strips fused side-by-side with sterling silver strips, and then cut at angles, and recombined to form a pattern, as in the earrings and pendant. I am exploring combinations of different metals, and thinking about different designs.
Married Metal Rings
These are more examples of married metals, again using copper and silver. The copper is patinated (tarnished) to take on a deeper red color.
Pieces with Multiple Stones, Side-by-Side
Setting multiple stones side-by-side is a common procedure used for all variety of jewelry pieces. In this case, when the stones go all the way around the ring, it is called an Eternity Ring. I used only five stones, and hence the design could be called a "partial" or "half" eternity ring. Whatever the name, I like the color of the stones, the ability to mix colors and vary sizes of stones. The settings can be used for rings, pendants, earrings, or really any piece of metal work. I am only a beginner, and must improve my skills in order to take full advantage of the range of design possibilities. On the left are 3mm green peridot, and on the the rock and to the right are lab-grown rubies.
Half-Eternity Ring and Side-by-Side Bands
These stones are pink tourmalines, and the “stackers” are simple sterling silver bands.
Half-Eternity Rings, continued
I am continuing to make these rings, featuring multiple small stones set together along the ring. On the left are lab-grown rubies, and on the right are garnets. The stones are 3mm in diameter and I enjoy the colors. In the future, I will try smaller stones and continue to hone my technique and expand the possibilities.
Intaglios and Reliefs:
An intaglio is an image below the surface of the picture, and a relief is an image which is above the surface. Usually, this refers to printing in which ink is in an incised depression, or on top of an elevated image (as in letter type). In this intaglio, a design is cut out of the top sheet of metal, and then fused (soldered) to a backing sheet. The metal is patinated (oxidized black) and then the top layer is sanded, leaving the design below the surface and colored black. The ideas are limitless after that.....stones set in the design, pictures abstracted, etc.
I don't know what this is, but I like the effects. The blackened back is polished and textured from the side inward.
In this case, the image is very subtle, and made by simple saw cuts into the top layer.
A Relief: a budding branch in early Spring
In this relief, the image is above the blackened surface. In the following image, the reverse (intaglio) is shown.
The budding branch intaglio
The budding branch is cut out of the top layer, fused to a backing sheet of silver, and whole piece oxidized (patinated). The surface is sanded to reveal the blacken image below the surface.
The Cocktail Series
This pendant is made entirely of Argentium sterling silver, an alloy which resists tarnishing. The martini glass is highly polished, and the background in lightly patinated. The stone is a 6mm peridot.
The Cocktail Series.....
I started doing Keum Boo earrings with martini glasses in gold and a patinated sterling background. I have continued to experiment with techniques and processes. The pendant on the right is sterling silver, put through a rolling mill sandwiched with a copper sheet on top. The stone is a 6mm peridot. On the left, the pendant is made entirely of brass, and the background is brush finished and lightly patinated, and the martini glass given a high polish.