After bragging last week about my incredibly organized studio, it's only fair for me to share the first piece I made afterwards... especially since it demonstrates that I will never be completely organized!
This is a large copper foldform pendant using a technique called "chased on air" on one side, with texturing and a small sterling silver flower soldered on the other side. At least that was the plan.
After the piece was all assembled, I began cleaning it up with the usual light sanding and polishing. Can't seem to bring up the silver in that darn flower. Can't figure out why it's so yellow, even with all the buffing.
OMG. I suddenly remember making a tiny 14k yellow gold flower and setting it on my workbench a few weeks ago. This isn't a sterling silver accent... it's 14k gold. On copper.
I'm all about mixed metals but I'm not ready for gold on copper when gold is $1550+ an ounce. The colors aren't even dramatically different enough to justify it artistically. So you can bet that little flower is coming off. Its true destiny? An accent on a yet-to-be-dreamed-up fine silver pendant where the color contrast will be soooo much nicer.
For some reason I think it's fun to share mistakes... When I make a mistake I get mad, but when I share a mistake it makes me laugh... Anyway, a little more organization is obviously still needed in my studio :-P
Sue Lacy Wired
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