For some time now we've been experimenting with a way of "signing" our work. We now have several methods of doing so, depending on the individual piece. For instance, some of our necklaces fasten with a lobster claw and a chain extender to add a little extra length if desired. The beads shown above are a few of the ones that were custom designed to match the individual necklace. When you flip the bead over, you will see our signature:
This was made by creating a "signature" cane. I tried capturing a few photos to give you an idea of how it was made. I started by forming the letters.
I then filled all around and in between the letters with clay, packing it as tight as possible.
Then the more difficult part is reducing the cane to a smaller size. Some of the outside design was lost in the reducing stage. I discovered that if I wanted to maintain that detail I should've wrapped more clay around the outside before reducing. Anyhow, this one didn't turn out too bad for our first try -- I'm sure the next one will come out much better.
Now we have a lot of cane slices to put onto our signature beads as well as other pieces like this brooch shown below:
I'll show in a later post another technique on how we made our "signature stamp".