Prairie Pearl Pod Pendant
I finally spent a full weekend at ARTbliss. When I lived in West Virginia, it was impossible for me to make the trek over the mountains and through the woods. I signed up for both metal classes being taught by Deryn Mentock. What a pleasure! She's very talented and an excellent instructor. I have been wanting to add metal designs to my jewelry for quite some time. Youtube videos and books are fine, but I couldn't ask questions. No matter how clear a video is, I always seemed to have questions.
Here's a side view so you can see how the metal forms around the pearls. And, that wonderful texture and color.
The first thing we did was anneal our sheet metal and hammered it to add some texture. I used a hammer with a straight edge for the edge of my piece of metal. Then I used a hammer with some tiny squares all over the center portion. When I placed it back in the flame to anneal again, since it was now rock hard, the metal turned some very pretty colors. I wish the picture was better, because there are some vivid blues and greens in the metal.
Have a joy filled and creative day,