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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mixed Metal Wrapped Intarsia Pendant

I've had this intarsia bead laying in a drawer for a couple of years. I've never felt inspired to do anything with it.  It's a rhodochrosite surrounded by obsidian.  Suddenly I had an idea. I had to do something that wouldn't overshadow the natural lines of the rhodochrosite, something that would compliment the rectangular shape of the bead. I decided to go for a very feminine form, the curve of a hip, the wisp of a waist.  This is the result.  The pendant features both upcycled copper as well as .925 sterling silver.  Its suspended on a fine 2mm leather cord. The clasp is handmade hand forged sterling silver and the eye hook is hammered copper in 12 gauge.  Everything but the bead has been hand crafted by yours truly.  It's one of my favorite pieces so far. And, it hangs beautifully.+

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