Monday, June 16, 2008

The butterfly necklace.

It's finished! I added the antennae and chain. Then I antiqued the entire piece. I think antiquing the silver makes the stones stand out a little bit more.

If I was to make another one, I would antique the wire first. Dipping the entire piece in liver of sulphur made me a little nervous; plus, it's hard to get into some of the nooks and crannies that I wanted to reach with the polishing cloth.

All in all I'm very happy with it.

I'll be away for a little while. I'm heading out to San Francisco for work on Wednesday. I'll see you when I get back.

18 comments:

LeeAnn said...

That turned out beautiful! I agree the tarnishing made it pop.

Jewelry Making said...

Very beautiful work! I love your attention to detail.

Andrea said...

Lovely! The colors are perfect and the wirework is so precise. Can't wait to see it in person!

Libby said...

Wow! Amazing piece of jewelry!

The Beading Gem said...

I stumbled upon your blog. This is one of the best wire worked butterflies I've seen. Well done.

Christina said...

Thanks for all the kind comments! :) I see that I forgot to include a link to the original post about this butterfly. Please see it here.

Jenn Maruska said...

Very, very nice! Wow!

Hope you have a great trip! : )

mdmB said...

Wow! Astonishing! :P

Sarah and Jack said...

It is lovely. And a lot of work I am sure!

Santie Kahts said...

It's beautiful..... excuisite..... charming.... fun.... !!!!!!!!!!!

Janalill said...

Aawwwwww!!! Makes my mouth water!
I remember in one of your earlier posts where you talked about that class and showed a picture of what was to come. I can't remember when it was, but at that time I was wondering how it would turn out, and all I can say is MAGNIFICENT!!!! Truly an awesome job!

Jonara Blu Maui said...

It's gorgeous Christina! Wow..what a piece! I always hear others mention oxidizing after..I wondered about that and whats better to do.

Melissa J. Lee said...

Hmm, you know, Christina, you should be able to add patina by enclosing the piece overnight in a bag with an overcooked boiled egg yolk, too. I don't know if that will affect the other components (since you're still exposing the piece to sulphur) and I've never tried it personally, but it does seem to be a little more conservative way to try to add the patina. Just a thought.

Janalill said...
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Janalill said...

I've tried the egg yolk method on both copper and silver jewelry. The end result can be (and often is) very uneven coloring and different shade of dark each time. It all depends on too much on the temperature, humidity in the bag, the egg and the condensed moisture drops on the jewelry can leave some very noticeable spots on the metal that is hard to polish off.

jess @ lost button studio said...

Wow...this is fantastic!

annhovsepian said...

WHOA! This is quite a beauty! :)

martita said...

It looks amazing! I admire! greetings! :)