Christine DeMerchant's Jewelry Page
I like to explore materials and techniques, I have chosen some of my jewelry to share with you. I like to work with silver but I often mix in other materials and stones. These are pieces I made a few years back.
This is an experiment in making beaded jewelry.
The difficult part of making any beaded jewelry is to stay away from being just another traditional beader.
A brooch, earrings and bracelet in sterling silver with patinated copper riveted on top.
The red colour of the copper is a hard finish that is quite resistant to scratching and which does not tarnish. It is a reduction process. The copper is heated with flux and kept in the blue area of the flame.
A silver pendant with an aquamarine faceted stone, pearls in the chain, and lapis lazuli beads. It has a Moon/Water/Fish theme. This is quite a dramatic piece of jewelry.I've always liked it but I almost never wear it. Maybe I'm not as dramatic as the piece.
This is a collection of Jewelry with Garnets.
This is a Mokume pin. It was made by soldering six separate layers together. Copper, Silver and Brass were used. After soldering I cut the block in 2 and resoldered one piece on top of the other. I rolled the block to bring it back to thinner size. When I had about 60 layers, I punched the back to dent the front. I then ground the face to cut through the different layers. I polished it and patinated the surface.
This group is an experiment in using various plywoods. These are dyed, and there are real stones or silver bits riveted on the pins.