For these blossoms, I used “marriage-of-metal” to fuse copper on the edges of the silver petals. The inspiration comes from Dogwood blossoms in late spring, as the edges turn from white to light reddish brown. The flowers are beautiful 6x8mm faceted peridot green stones.
Another Dogwood Blossom
These blossoms are made with sterling silver, the veins of the leaf engraved, and set with London Blue Topaz stones.
In this piece, copper and brass triangles are married into a nickel sheet, and a final triangle of fine silver is added on top in relief. The entire circular piece is wrapped in sterling silver (some people have a nickel allergy; wrapping the piece in silver avoids contact with nickel on the wearer’s skin). The nickel is grayish, and provides a nice contrast to the fine (pure) silver triangle. This design was contributed by my daughter, Liz.
Silver Relief Pendant; Technically an Intaglio
An organic design is cut into the top layer of silver, and then fused onto a silver back plate. The piece is patinated (blackened) with a sulphur-containing compound, and then the top layer sanded to restore the silver. Since the design is below the surface, it is technically called an Intaglio, not a Relief.
A Little Dog
My daughter is crazy about her little dog. Her dog’s name is Simba. This is another relief/intaglio, with the face in Sterling silver, cut out and the the back blackened with patina. I like the twisted bail at the top
An Intaglio of Leaves in the Wind
Again, the design is cut out of the top layer of silver sheet, and soldered to a silver backing sheet. The piece is oxidized black, and then the image developed by sanding off the tarnish on the top layer.
A simple pendant with a Blue Zircon stone
The design is a simple cut-out of silver, a Blue Zircon, and a simple fracture cut in intaglio. This does require two layers of silver, the top with the cuts, and the bottom for the black patina.
A Winter Storm
An intaglio of rain drops, with snow flakes implied by the clear stones, in this case 4mm cubic zirconia.
This is an intaglio, with the addition of blue stones. The stones are blue zircon (not to be confused with cubic zirconia). The stone is natural zirconium as a silicate. Cubic zirconia is zirconium oxide, which is not found naturally, but is manufactured. It is … absolutely .. beautiful, but has a bad rep as being manufactured.
An old diamond wedding ring from grandmother was the starting point for this pendant. The ring featured an old-fashioned panel of hearts, supporting two diamonds, with tiny diamonds on the ring shank. The panel of hearts was cut out an re-used with the smaller of the two diamonds at the bottom, and the two tiny diamonds flush-set into the sides of the triangle.
Simple Settings for Faceted Stones
A simple setting made from sterling wire, bent and forged into wings. The stones are peridot (green) and blue zircons.
Black pearl in a Darkened Floral Setting
Calary Pear Blossoms
Calary Pear blossoms appear in spring and are clusters of white flowers with green centers. These blossoms feature 4mm round Peridot stones set on sterling silver petals.
Callery Pear Blossom Pendant
This pendant features a beautiful orange sapphire stone, called padparadscha. The stones are lab-created, but are genuine sapphires. The flowers are sterling silver and features a chain of two standard sizes.
London Blue Topaz in a Floral Setting
6x8mm beautiful London Blue Topaz in a sterling silver blossom, lightly patinated. The chain was purchased and the toggle is handmade.
The Cocktail Series: A Manhattan with a Cherry
The stone is a lab-grown ruby, 6mm in size. The inlaid cocktail glass is copper, set into sterling silver. The chain is a curb-chain, 2.3mm in width and made of stainless steel (purchased) and the clasp is handmade of silver.
The Cocktail Series: A Martini with an Olive
The metal in this case is Argentium Sterling Silver. The martini glass is fused onto the back, which is then patinated to darken it and highlight the polished silver of the glass. The stone is a 6mm peridot (the olive of course). The stirrer is brass, which looks bright yellow in real-life.