I am just starting to do a more complicated Marriage-of-Metal by creating an inlay of one metal into another. In this case, the image is a a simple flying insect, done with sterling silver. The background is Shibuichi copper, and the entire piece is backed with sterling silver. The Shibuichi copper takes a beautiful patina, turning a deep brown. The veins in the insect wings are an intaglio made with simple saw cuts and separately patinated.
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.
Half-Eternity Ring and Side-by-Side Bands
These stones are pink tourmalines, and the “stackers” are simple sterling silver bands. The stackers can be in the same metal, or in contrasting colors using metals of different colors, or metals patinated to a variety of interesting shades of color.
I don't know what this is, but I like the effects. The blackened back is polished and textured from the side inward.
Expanding the Intaglio concept to larger pieces
I am experimenting with a line of cuff bracelets, or bangles, which utilize the same principle of a design in one layer, fused to a backing layer, and then patinated (colored). Sanding and polishing the top layer reveals the design below the surface level.
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.
An Ethiopian Opal Ring
This was a recent commission from a client who wanted an opal wedding ring. Normally, opals are problematic in rings intended for daily wearing. Opal is related to quartz, both composed of silicon oxides, but opals are even softer and more easily scratched, abraded, or fractured. This is is the bezel setting before securing the stone.