The Daisy necklace was created by making a pattern onto sterling silver sheet with the rolling mill and then cut out a circle within a circle and finally dapped the inner circle making a bezel. I did this to fit a round daisy and resin cabochon that I made with Ice Resin. I recently learned how to get that clear look in resin by using a vacuum extractor. This involves a pressure chamber and a special oil filled vacuum machine with some tubing. It reminds me a lot of using a pressure cooking pot. Note that all the photos below are now at Studio V.
|Resin Daisy Necklace|
Of course the necklace had to have matching earrings. Here is where my new silicone sphere molds come into play. I got these molds from Resin Sun on Etsy and I love the quality of her molds.
|Resin Daisy Earrings|
And then there is the simple sphere silicone resin molded flower necklace with matching earrings.
|My first sphere resin molding and vacuum extractions of air bubbles|
|Matching earrings and pressed flowers and foliage|
I had read about sanding resin and gave it a go with this piece. It gives a sort of cloudy appearance, even with a variety of grits of sand paper at high as 12,000 grit. It eludes me how artists can sand resin and get a glassy finished surface. If you know how this is done, please share. When I was done sanding this piece, I thought it looked like a flower field in fog and went to town wrapping it.
|Flowers in molded resin|
Shifting gears a little bit I made a couple of pieces for Studio V out of an unusual and unlikely component; Elytra (Sternocera aequis) Beetle shells. I first saw these shells in a bead store in Wicker Park in Chicago. The minute I saw the jar full of these shells I thought that I had to find a way to wire wrap them into a pendant or earrings. I purchased a few grams of the wing bits and then created these jewelry pieces.
|Elytra Beetle necklace|
|Elytra Beetle Earrings|
So, between tube setting, resin and bug shells I am having a great time making new discoveries, all of which involve wire wrapping or wire in some form. While I have a curious streak for jewelry making, my home base seems to be wire.
I wish you all a pleasant Thanksgiving.