New necklace for Mobilia Gallery

Mobilia recently invited me to bring in jewelry for their winter jewelry exhibition, and I wanted to try making something new. First I made a sketch, from which I made a prototype in steel wire:

01 necklace in progress





I liked the way it worked out, so I started working on a final version in silver and garnets. Here’s what my desk looked like during this process:


That’s the necklace in silver being measured against the prototype, along with some extra flower parts, extra garnets, and handmade silver chain in progress.

To finish the necklace, I dipped each piece in a patina solution to darken the metal; attached the pieces to each other and to the chain; and attached a handmade silver clasp. Here’s the whole necklace:

06 final

I like that the design goes all the way around, and it’s pretty easy to wear but also very striking.

This necklace is on view at Mobilia Gallery as part of their exhibition “Objects of Status, Power and Adornment“, which runs through January 31st. The opening reception is Saturday, December 7th from 3-5pm; I won’t be able to make it, but it’s always a fun time and a good opportunity to meet some of the other artists in the exhibition.