For those of you who are not familiar with the area, Kamloops is a beautiful city built around two rivers (North and South Thompson) that come together. The main area is in a sort of "bowl" with the unique hills surrounding it.
I created the pendant in a similar manner as making the buttons. I wanted to capture an image that represents Kamloops the best which includes the river and the semi-arid and dry looking hills. These hills are beautiful shades of green in the spring but as it gets hot in the summer, they slowly turn to a reddish brown and will stay that way for the rest of the year.
To create the scene, I used a stacked clay "mokume gane" technique similar to what I learned from Julie Picarello. (For those who have taken Julie's workshop or purchased her book, would have already recognized it, I'm sure.)
To create my scenes, I made my own shaped cutters for the hill and the river. For my stacks of clay, I used 2 different color mixes, one for the summer and the other for winter. I then impressed the clay stacks with my handmade cutters to create the pattern. I then sliced my clay stack to reveal different color and design variations so that each piece comes out totally unique and one of a kind.