02 August 2009

water etching




these are pendants i've been working on for a little while. could actually be months. first i made the etched portion. you'll notice the shapes (and floral elements) are similar. i was trying to figure out if my new bezel technique would be easier on curves or corners, so i tested it on both. answer...equally easy. the new bezel technique-3 layers of pmc paper, laminated together. it makes a chunky, flexible strip that blends together nicely at seams. next test-2 sheets laminated for stone setting....
have i mentioned how much HATE beading? really. this is the maximum amount of beading i can tolerate, and i was totally aggravated when i was finished. i suppose if my favorite beads were bigger than 3mm, i might not hate the process so much....
the bottom photo has iolite and freshwater pearls. mom's birthday present.
the top photo has iolite, peridot and freshwater pearls. going to etsy.

2 comments:

Barbara said...

Your water etching detail blows me away! I guess we all have the things we like to do. Beading is one of my favorite, most relaxing things. But water etching... I can do one thick layer and then I lose patience!
These necklaces are beautiful. I love the bezel idea. How do you hide the seam with PMC sheet? And, do you use water to make those laminated sheets? A sprayer?
xoxo

holly k said...

a little bit of water brushed on with a paintbrush for laminating, and actually, seaming, too!
i have SOME patience for the etching, but they'd come out better if i had just a little bit MORE (and started with 6 cards instead of 5)!!!!