Yin Yang Enamel Necklace, Riveted Paisley, Copper Pendant, Artisan Jewelry, Mixed Media, 3D Layered, Hand Enameled Jewelry, Boho Necklace
The top layer of this pendant is embossed with a geometric design and hand-sawed in a paisley shape from copper sheet, and then oxidized to highlight the pattern. The top layer is then riveted atop tiny tubes over a hand-enameled abstract floral pattern on a copper base plate in shades of blue, red, and yellow. The stacked and riveted layers create a 3-D effect. I've applied lacquer to the etched surface in order to protect the oxidization. Each piece in the etched copper enamel series is completely handmade, and most are one-of-a-kind, including this one.
In Ancient Chinese philosophy, yin and yang is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. In Chinese cosmology, the universe creates itself out of a primary chaos of material energy, organized into the cycles of Yin and Yang and formed into objects and lives. Yin is the receptive and Yang the active principle, seen in all forms of change and difference such as the annual cycle (winter and summer), the landscape (north-facing shade and south-facing brightness), sexual coupling (female and male), the formation of both men and women as characters and sociopolitical history (disorder and order).
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 pendant which will make a great gift for yourself or a loved one.
Pendant measures 1.25" in diameter, and 3mm deep. Choose from a 14k rose gold-filled chain and lobster clasp, or a lead and nickel-free antique copper cable chain and lobster clasp. Total length is 21". Chain can be adjusted upon purchase.