Friday, February 6, 2009

It's a Brooch and Pendant All in One!



I'm so excited about our new design.  I really like both brooches and pendants but sometimes wish they could be worn either way.  It would just make them more versatile.  I bought a pendant converter that slides onto a brooch pin which is okay but doesn't work on a lot of brooches since it depends on where the brooch pin is positioned, or it does not hang right.  And then, how can you make a pendant into a brooch?  Well you can, but it isn't that easy.  So, after a lot of brain stretching, I finally came up with a design to make a brooch and a pendant all in one! And yes, it coverts back and forth very quickly and easily.  Want to change it from a brooch to a pendant?  Just slide your cord or chain into the holders in the back and Voila!  Instant necklace!  The holder even "locks" the cord into place so the pendant will not fall off.  We have three designs we have made so far, one of which is shown here, which is for sale on Etsy.  
The technique used for this brooch-pendant is a faux cloisonne where I started with my own original drawing and sculpted a mould.  From that mould I make the design form by etching and using pure mica powder pigments for color and then antiquing and glazing with a polymer-resin type glaze.  The piece is fired between each application so by the time it is completed, it has been fired at least 4 times.  Then for a smooth and crystal clear, glassy finish a heat gun was used at the end.  As a matter of fact, the pieces are so glassy and shiny, it is very difficult to take good photos due to the reflection.  So if you see any "haziness", it is from the camera and not in the piece.

We also have optional cords in various colors for sale as well in case you don't have one of your own.  They are a "Softglass" rubber cord which have a silky feel to them and drape really nicely.  We have made them stronger by running 49 strand flexible wire through them and double securing at each end.  I have more drawings and ideas in my head yet so look for more designs coming soon!

6 comments:

Deb Groom said...

Very nice. It reminds me of a peacock's tail. Really lovely blending and texture. Thanks for sharing your thought processes on how to do the conversion from pendant to brooch. I love seeing your progress and you refine your ideas and are creating your own brand.
Great work,
Deb Groom

2 Good Claymates - Dave and Carolyn Good said...

Thanks Deb, -- that peacock's tail gives me another idea! lol !! Sure miss seeing your smile!

Sandy said...

Your work is so beautiful! I love the idea of a pendant or brooch and it seems like you've mastered it well.

Merry said...

This is beautiful.

Lisa Gatz said...

I Think it's a great idea to have a pendant and brooch all in one.

shiborigirl said...

Oh, I REALLY like the shape of this new design. So, elegant.

Kate (Shibori Girl from OWOH)