Pluma Pendant, Copper Necklace, Glass Enamel
Both pieces of this pendant are hand-cut from copper sheet. One half-circle is etched with a Japanese chrysanthemum pattern, and then oxidized to highlight the pattern. The other half-circle is slightly larger. It's hand-enameled on copper in teal green with a fern pattern in light blue-green. I've applied lacquer to the etched copper surface in order to protect the oxidization. Both halves are connected by copper rings.
The copper shapes are carefully cleaned and prepared in order to accept the enamel. Then, I apply multiple layers of enamel, which is finely powdered glass. The layers of enamel are fused to the copper on both sides in a 1500 degree kiln. This firing process is repeated several times. Finally, the edges are sanded to expose the copper. And voila .... a vibrantly colored enamel necklace which will make a great gift for yourself or a loved one.
Pendant measures 1 3/8" in diameter. Antique copper cable chain and lobster clasp are lead and nickel-free. Total length is 30". Chain can be lengthened or shortened upon purchase. A sterling silver chain is also available as an option; convo me if you are interested in silver.