As a jeweller, brooches are my favourite vehicle for creative expression. There really are no rules when it comes to brooches. Like a small canvas or sculpture, brooches offer an almost unlimited array of possibilities. With my brooch for the swap, I was interested in experimenting with mixed media, by creating my own cabochon using air dry clay and resin. I don't think it's giving away too much to say that my swap partner loves sewing and occasionally gardening. I started designing with this in mind.
pic 1. (above) I start with a leaf skeleton impression, rolled in air dry clay, covered in a layer of resin for a glassy finish.
pic 2. Making the silver setting - a sewing machine silhouette hand cut from the base plate.
pic 3. Cutting away the excess metal from the base plate.
pic 4. Soldering a piece of wire to the back of the plate to make the brooch pin.
pic 5. The brooch pin shaped and finished.
pic 6. Beginning setting the clay in the silver bezel - pushing the silver over the stone at alternating points.
pic 7. The completed brooch back.
pic 8. And the completed brooch front. I've left the tool marks around the bezel as a feature.
I do hope my partner likes her brooch. Many thanks to Susie for organising such a wonderful swap!
p.s. Thank you so much Christina, for the tutorial and also for the wonderful brooch you've made for the Brooch Swap. I'm sure your partner is going to just adore it and treasure it forever! If you haven't seen Christina's beautiful work before make sure to check out her blog and shop. Her wares are at the top of my wish list, if only I could decide which piece is my favourite! Its getting very exciting, I'm noticing a few blog posts around the place and some pictures being added to the Flickr group showing people's finished brooches. I might put up a linky post on Friday for people to link to any posts they've made about the swap. Has anyone got their brooch yet? I'd love to hear.