Oh, another beautiful day here in the Valley of the Sun! You can tell that autumn is in the air and I am coming to life once again! Those of you who know me know that this is my favorite time of the year! Love, LOve, LOVE it!!!!! To show the love, I have just finished my first piece of etched metal jewelry - "Autumn Awaits!"
Jewelry was one of the first loves of my life! I think it is an exciting way to add a touch of pizzazz to your day and the choices tell a little story about the person wearing it! Have you ever stopped and wondered why you picked out the pieces that you have on??? Do you have your own story? Do you wear symbols or words on a chain? Do you wear bright colors or nature's colors? Perhaps you have a piece that was handed down from a beloved family member! Whatever the case may be, we choose each piece for a reason.
"Autumn Awaits" came to me the other day, so I went to work drawing my plan and made it come to fruition! The words were stamped in metal, cut out, sanded and darkened with Liver of Sulphur. A little buff and polish and they were done! The leaves were drawn out by hand, traced onto the copper, then I cut them out with a jewelry saw. I etched the veins by hand with a stylus and sanded the edges. The leaves were then given a ferric chloride bath, rinsed and polished. (By the way, a LOT of sanding, scrubbing and washing is involved with this process!!) Again, liver of sulphur made the veins pop out! I then added a little bend here and there to show movement of the leaves. After all, autumn means that they are falling off of the trees, preparing themselves for the next season to come! (Just not yet! I want to bask in the autumn glow a little longer!!) I added the pieces to a chain, added a closure and it was complete and ready to wear!
I definitely had fun with this whole process and will try it again! I have more copper pieces waiting in the wings, wondering what they are going to become!! A necklace, earrings, perhaps a lovely brooch??? Who knows - the sky is the limit! If you want to see a wonderful and very talented metal jewelry artist, please check out Amy at, www.amysjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com. Her pieces are amazing!! They will knock your socks off! Enjoy!