In Autumn 2008 I started developing some ideas for a series of sterling silver and embellished felt necklaces during my jewellerymaking evening class. I wrote about the first prototype here, but never got around to finishing the other pieces I started. In fact, I confess that I all but forgot about my selection of silver pendant bases that I had made that were hiding in my metalsmithing workbox.
Well, they finally made it to the top of my projects list again, (I have to admit that actually I've been a bit scared to finish them, as working with silver always seems terribly serious!) and I have made two more prototypes: 'Quezacotl' and 'Materia' (if anyone can make the Otaku link to those names then I'll sort you out with a special prize :P).
I sawed sheet silver into a tag shape, filed the corners to gently round them, and then added a matte brushed texture and an asymmetrical hammer texture pattern. Then I made the bezel settings from tiny strips of thinner silver sheet and soldered them onto the base tag. The pieces of felt are made with silk hankie fibre, and embellished with tiny glass beads and hand embroidery stitches.
I'm still not totally sure about jewellery photos featuring live models, but I wasn't sure how else to best show the necklace's scale...
And here's 'Materia':