Yellow Rose of Texas
This is a follow up project from my first attempt with glass enameling on sterling silver. (Pegasus) This is one of three rose hearts I just made. All of them truned out just fine. Very slight differences between them as they are each made by hand.
I am really loving and rocking this glass enamel work. There will be a lot more of this done by me in the future. I hope you love it as much as I do!
This is my first attempt with Glass Enameling on silver. This is called Champlevé and is very similar to perhaps the more familiar process calle Cloisonné. It is colored glass fused to metal. I don't have any problem after studying the procedure and procuring the proper materials and tools.
This is the Mobil Gas Pegasus which as a display sign has been a feature of downtown Dallas, Texas for many years. It has recently been renovated. My (adult) daughter is a member of a Dallas in-line skating club and this is their mascot and club name. That is why this Pegasus is wearing in-line skates.
This pendant is almost 1.5 inches wide. Glass enameling usually has to be done on fine silver as the copper in sterling causes oxides in the high temp glass fusing process. However, there is a way to prep sterling sliver that creates a thin barier of pure silver and lets me work with sterling.
I designed very tiny paw print charms at the request of my daughter. She and her husband share their home with two min-pin dogs and two cats. She told me something like a paw print would be a desireable pendant for like minded pet owners. She told me she preferred something rather small.
That tempted me to create these very tiny charms as a chalange on how small I could cast silver. They turned out quite nice to my eye.
Here we have two dog and two cats paws representing her pets. Left to right they are dog, cat, dog, cat. I did the research and made these prints correct for each species, but not specific to any certain breed. A fun project and I made 12 copies of each print.
Horse Head Pendant
When you look close you can see the design contains many musical symbols. I thought the design of the horse in Texas and the music tie in appropriate for my wife's personal silver collection. Note the background has been blackened to highlight the design but apears a bit lighter in this photograph. It is one inch in height.
I can and do make other jewelry besides pendants. I enjoy making rings. A ring was my very first silver casting. Here are two rings I just completed for my wife Gloria. They are a Valentine present for 2016. The ring with the cross is of course, a Christian ring and the three lines (each side) represent the Trinity.The ring on the right is a hand carved twisted two strand rope signifying our togetherness for over fifty years.
Not sure if this is a deer or an elk. Probably the latter due to the size of the antlers. It's about 1 3/4 " wide and almost 2" high. This example comes in at 33.3 grams with the bail and jump ring. All Sterling of course. I will probably make furture versions a bit lighter by reducing the thickness. A good companion for the "Kelpie" water horse pendant.
Rose Heart Design
Featured here are new designs I have created in lost wax silver casting.
The basis of this was the "Tessa Heart" I designed for my granddaughter. She once told me the rose was her favorite flower. For that reason I included it in a personalized pendent as a gift to her. This is the same design with a larger rose. This basic heart can be the base for almost anything added to the center.
To view more of my work, see the Silverwork article.