Choices, choices, choices!!!
I think I’m falling in love with copper, I love patinas and how they develop with time, they are definitely ‘wabi sabi’. Once I saw the possibilities for patinas on copper in Jinks McGrath’s book ‘The Jewellers Guide to Decorative Finishes ‘ I knew I had to have a go, but just now Idon’t have the chemicals so I decided to make a copper pendant and colour it with the blowtorch, then do something with patinas and chemicals at a later date.
Remember those lustre dipped porcelain cabochons that I did a while back? Well I decided to bezel set one in my copper pendant.
Click here to see my video How to decorate a ceramic cabochon
These white bone china blanks were bought from Kinver ceramics
So I set about making a large statement pendant from copper with a bezel setting, and then flamed it to colour it.
I have to say I was in a bit of a hurry so it was soldered pickled rinsed, polished and torched, then before it had time to cool I applied the renaissance wax to seal the piece, and help protect the patina. Imagine my surprise when the colour started to change from vivid oil slick colours to a more subtle gold, with some iridescent colour. The result was lovely but I didn’t think it was a good combination with the cabochon that I’d already picked out, so here are all the cabs that I had lustred, which one would you choose?
The first one and the 4th one are my original choice, it doesn’t look so lovely now, I like number 6 best of all in this setting. it’s. a pity the iridescence is not showing up in the pictures but it’s there, and quite subtle