Fine and sterling silver necklace with prehnite. Wheatsheaf and butterfly lightly patinated
I'm always thinking about gifts for my allotment / gardening chums, and made this wheatsheaf mould from an antique brooch. I then moulded a fine silver butterfly and soldered that, along with the chain fixings to the corn.
I've only made 3 of these.
In this instance I decided to make a centrally placed necklace, in a suble patination and applied a butterfly. Both the butterfly and the wheatsheaf / corn are made using ArtClay Silver*, fired on my tiny kiln in my studio at home. This focal element weighs a fraction under 4grams, making it a very comfortable wear.
The patination is created using Liver of Sulphur, which I neutralise to prevent further oxidisation and then seal using Renaissance Wax.
Because I wanted the piece to hang centrally, I made each piece of chain the same length.
The total necklace length is 18 inches; however if you would prefer a different length, please message me and I can adjust this.
The bolt ring clasp and ring are fixed with additional accent prehnites. All the metal used within the chain and attaching is 925 sterling silver and the prehnites are gorgeously handfaceted 3mm rounds with a little rutilation.
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I only use natural light and take all pictures in my kitchen, so I have used a variety of backgrounds to help display the colouration and avoid your disappointment
* This fine silver is ArtClaySilver, which starts life as silver dust, reclaimed from the refinement process, in Japan, and then with the addition of a natural binding agent, becomes a clay. I can then mould and form it as one would a traditional clay, firing it on a gas hob, or kiln. At this point the binder burn away, the clay shrinks approximately 10% and becomes 99.9% silver. I have (rather rubbish!) videos of this process on my facebook page and Youtube channel.
This isn't hallmarked, as it is below the required weight.
Fine silver butterfly and corn necklace
Sterling Silver will eventually oxidise or tarnish. It's a natural process that can be slowed down by regular wear and by keeping unworn items away from the atmosphere. If you leave your jewellery out on display, this oxidisation will be faster. You can polish up your items, with a soft cloth, some silver polish, or a buffing cloth such as Town Talk, which is readily available from any high street jewellers in the UK
Fine silver is 99.9% silver, and because of this the tarnish rate is much, much slower. Again, a buff should do the job for polishing it back up. If I have patinated your silver already, be gentle when buffing!
Each piece should stand up to regular wear, but , as with all jewellery, please remove it before washing, using chemicals or applying perfume etc
Apply body lotion and perfume a few minutes before putting on your jewellery to help slow down tarnish
The sterling silver used in these items was sold to me by my bullion dealer ass certified recycled.
he gemstones I use have been sold to me by reputable dealers as untreated (unless stated specifically in the listing). They are a natural, organic creation from the earth and each one will be slightly different. You can see examples of this on my Facebook page.
I select the stones that I think go together best for each project, hence my comments that each item is individual.