Marriage-of-metals with Inlay
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.
In this case, the image is very subtle, and made by simple saw cuts into the top layer.
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.
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.
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.
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.