Ever since I started etching I can’t seem to do anything else in jewelry. I’m obsessed with the possibilities of creating mini works of art to wear. I finally get to draw, letter and doodle again by creating images on metal.
The finished necklace
The center piece of this necklace was inspired by one of my favorite Tarot card images – the Ace of Pentacles. I especially like the artwork in the Robin Wood Tarot Deck.
Ace of Pentacles from the Robin Wood Tarot Deck
This was a time consuming, labor intensive, project! I cut the shape out of metal sheet, filed it all around, punctured tiny holes at either end, drew the pattern I designed on the piece with a Sharpie marker, etched it in Ferric Chloride and cleaned it up.
Etched and cleaned
I dipped it in Liver of Sulfur, sanded it again and finally sealed it with Protec A Clear – two coats. That was just for the center piece!
After patina with LOS
Of course I had to decide how to design a necklace around it. I chose 6mm Amethyst beads and wrapped them with copper. I then attached two rows of these to figure eight links separated by jump rings and spiral links. The clasp is always a challenge to create as I like to make each one somewhat unique.
finished necklace with clasp
So after making all those links, rings and center focal, I was finally finished. This was done over a period of two days – my hands and eyes had to take a break. I like the way it turned out and want to create another piece soon. I’ll probably keep this one. The work involved in it would make it pricey anyway. I know I’ll never get rich this way!!!!