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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!