Made of vitreous enamel, sterling silver
Pendant height: 2 1/2 inches
Pendant width: 1 1/4 inches
Water Lily Necklace...Vitreous Enamel Necklace...Blue and Yellow Necklace...
I have combined many different techniques & materials in the design and creation of this handmade sterling silver and vitreous enamel pendant! It is incredibly unique and truly one-of-a-kind!
The sterling silver oval bezel and its textured backplate was custom made for the gorgeous vitreous enamel focal piece that I created! I have chosen shades of blue, yellow, green and red for my enamel color palette as it reinforces the yellow daisy and water garden theme! The enamel is fired over copper. Read below for a further explanation of the vitreous enamel process if you are interested! I have used techniques called sgraffito and crackle in its creation along with the insertion of millefiori glass. The end result is a pendant that is reminiscent of a water garden with yellow daisies floating on the surface of the water as well as alongside it. Dimensional sterling silver balls and a repetition of the yellow millefiori glass onto the backplate adds further dimension and interest to my design. To do this, the small yellow millefiori glass had holes drilled into the backs of them and then they were peg set into soldered posts! The backplate has an edge as well as a surface that has a very unique and lovely texture. It was created by hand with files and burs, a time-consuming process but one that results in a perfect backdrop for this enamel piece. Certain areas of my design were then oxidized to play up the textures and make them more prominent. Metal smithing, stone setting, vitreous enamel, and prong setting/riveting are all techniques I have used in the creation of this lovely pendant! The pendant as photographed hangs from a lovely multi-cable neck wire.
In the sterling silver multi-cable neck wire, 15 strands of sterling silver compliment the bright silver tones in the pendant beautifully. This features a secure interlocking clasp. This is available in either a 16 inch or 18 inch length. It passes through a "hidden bail" on the back of the pendant.
Please choose whether or not you would like the multi-cable neck wire with your purchase, and if so, what length. You will LOVE this neck wire as it works with this design beautifully and can be easily removed and used with other pendants! You may also choose to use a chain necklace of your own with this pendant for different lengths and looks!
You will absolutely love wearing this necklace...or giving it as a gift for someone else to love wearing, and can be assured you will never see anything like it on anyone else!
Gift Wrap as shown is free!
It is just me working in my studio, but my commitment is to ship within 1 business day (Monday - Friday) of receiving the order.
I ship from Florida, and time in transit will vary depending upon where in the US you are located. I ship USPS with tracking info, which gets to most places within 3 - 5 business days. Priority Mail is available at check-out as an upgrade if you would like it faster!
I want you to be happy with your purchase. Each piece is handmade by me in my home studio in Sarasota, Florida. If you need to exchange your purchase, please call or email me to discuss. Please note that I am not able to offer refunds on items made to order.
Interested in knowing more about the process of vitreous enamel? If so, read on….. And if not, just know these are a quality, beautifully finished handmade pair of one-of-a-kind earrings!
Most of my enamel jewelry starts with a piece of copper or silver that has been cut into the shape I envision my completed piece to be. Holes are drilled at this point if they will be needed in the final design, rough edges are sanded and filed off and any doming/dapping of the final form occurs at this point. The piece is then carefully and thoroughly cleaned by both scrubbing as well as pickling (immersing in an acidic cleaning solution kept warm in a crock pot). Without touching the surfaces to be enameled (enamel will not adhere to any areas that have any oil from your fingers or other residues), a fine mist of a clear gummy solution is sprayed on that will help the fine enamel particles adhere. Enamel particles (glass in a powdery form) are now sifted on, which comes in various colors, particle size, and formulas. Numerous firings will occur, creating one layer over the next, most often on the front as well as the reverse side of my designs. The many layers create depth and interest as well as giving stability to the piece. Each firing is done from 2 to as many as 7 minutes, in a kiln at approximately 1500 degrees. The firings are typically done 3 to 5 times on the front and 2 to 3 times on the reverse side. Removing the piece at precisely the right time is key to the process and a small window in my kiln allows me to peak in and see what is happening. Removing the piece from the kiln at precisely the right moment is imperative. When I design a pair of earrings I fire the two pieces at the same time. Truly no two pieces are ever the same, however they will be similar to each other by doing this and will create a lovely “coordinating”, not identical, set!
I particularly enjoy the processes of crackle enamel and separation enamel, which are the interesting patterns and dimension that you see in many of my designs. These techniques create organic looking pieces that often resemble natural stones and gems….but in the shape and design I want them to be!
Vitreous enamel, the process I use, is not to be confused with resin enamel or painted enamel or enamelware or many other uses of the word “enamel”…none of which are glass powders sifted on metal and fired with a torch or in a kiln numerous times at temperatures of approximately 1500 degrees until the powder melts and adheres to the metal creating a layer of gorgeous pure glass over the metal as I have described above…vitreous enamel. Be careful…not all enamels are created equal. Also to be considered is whether or not the vitreous enamel is fired on both sides of the piece you are considering. This is much more time consuming in the creation of the piece but increases its strength and stability, making for a quality, long lasting piece of jewelry.
So now you know about the process of creating vitreous enamel jewelry! Truly no two pieces are ever identical! It is a fun and rewarding process.