I love the process of keum-boo; fusing 24 carat gold leaf to fine (pure) silver gives a real sense of luxury, without the price of using lots of gold.
I applied 16 layers of gold leaf cut to a butterfly shape for this piece.
It's a durable and exciting process; all pieces have a protective layer of Renaissance Wax over them, which will protect the finish further; be it patinated oxidised or left polished silver
This necklace is a unique, one of a kind piece, and you can choose to buy it as a pendant only, or add a chain either the extendable coordinating delicate sterling chain (16-19.5 inches, punctuated with freshwater pearls) or with a sterling snake chain (16 or 18 inch)
Simply make your selection from the options given
The pendant weighs approximately 2 grams, measures 21mm by 16mm, and is made from fine silver clay*; a process which, upon firing becomes fine silver; 999 silver rather than 925 - also known as pure silver. I've cut a butterfly from 24 carat gold leaf and applied it, aiming for a relaxed look and patinated it. If you think you would prefer me to remove the patination for you, just let me know when placing your order. If you are interested in the process, I have lots of photos on my Wordpress blog, and a couple of videos over on YoutubeThe process for keum-boo is as follows - I form the strawberry shape using ArtClaySilver and a texture sheet, refine and fire it and attach the bail on the reverse. I then switch on my Ultralite kiln (known as Mr Tumnus) and whilst he reaches the correct temperature I cut the shapes from my prepared gold leaf.I prepare the gold leaf by repeatedly folding it over until I have it 16 layers thick, and then place it between two pieces of tracing paper and cut out the shapes. Using a damp paint brush I position the gold on the silver (holding my breath so it doesn't blow away) and then, I place the piece of silver on a brass disc on top of the kiln.I use agate burnishes to tap on the gold and when it connects with the heated silver, it fuses at a molecular level. I keep tap-tapping away to ensure that it is fully fused, and then rub it all over with one of the burnishers, finally quenching it.Once I'm happy that the gold is fully attached, I make the holes and then I pickle them so that I can control the oxidisation. They get a brief spin in my barrel polisher and then I apply the patinas using Liver Of Sulphur. I will then polish some of this away (mostly on the edges and the reverse) and then I'll rub in a little of the Renaissance Wax to seal it.Notes: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, n 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.. I use Liver of Sulphur to oxidise the silver, and then Renaissance Wax to seal and protect it.
This isn't hallmarked, as it is below the required weight.
**Reserved** Fine silver, with gold Keum-Boo stylised strawberry pendant
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 as certified recycled.
The 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.