You know how stones talk to me? This was one of those crazy rides where I just sat back and let the stones and the piece come to life. I wish I could tell you more about what that feels like.
When a piece wants to get made, it just gets made. I look up, see that time is gone and there is a necklace in front of me.
This little baby was no simple task, either. I mixed sterling silver, fine silver, red brass, and copper. I'm here to tell you that mixing metals is one of the toughest things to do well.
Metals melt at different temperatures. Copper and red brass need a lot of heat fast to make solder flow before they oxidize. If they oxidize before the solder flows, you're toast (or at least you start over). Silver melts faster at a lower temperature; and fine silver, forget about it. It doesn't even warn you before it's a molten blob.
I use silver solder. If you don't know what you're doing, the silver will spill onto the copper and brass and you have a mess.
I might have been channeling Frank Lloyd Wright. Here are a couple of photos of his stained glass works. You'll see the influence.
According to Wikipedia, "Art Deco is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France after World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation."
Here are two random "art deco" examples.
Here are my two favorite photos from our road trip to Milwaukee. I have an attraction to clean, modern lines and industrial symbols.