bronze peace sign, eighth wedding anniversary

i seem to be having a renewed love affair with bronze…
well okay, it has been a few weeks, but i am just getting around to writing about it all.
sooo, a few weeks ago i spent the most beautiful afternoon in the studio, forging a large (nickel size) bronze peace sign pendant for a man to give his wife on their eighth wedding anniversary.
bronze is the traditional gift for the eighth wedding anniversary.  how many of you knew that, huh?
so romantic, i love that stuff…
and bronze.  what a fabulous metal to forge.
so ductile (copper is a main component of bronze), it formed beautifully and held the hammer marks so well, imparting such a buttery finish.
14k gold solder seems to be a great match and on black rawhide, dare i say, a fabulous peace!
the first time i learned to work the hydraulic power hammer, i made a ladle out of a hunk of navel bronze.
well i made a few ladles before i actually made a pretty one, but i have one that hangs in my kitchen and the tarnish on it is so rich.  i am really curious to hear how this peace pendant tarnishes.
the price point of bronze makes this a fantastic alternative to gold.
as i said, i don’t know how it will tarnish, but if you are really digging the large gold peace sign, but aren’t digging the price of gold, consider bronze.
i bought a bunch of it (have grand aspirations to make myself some new hairsticks!) and am just aching for another excuse to spend an afternoon forging this fabulous metal!
autumn is well on it’s way here, the air, the light…so insanely inspiring!
be so well and happy,
heather
p.s.  sorry no photo of this bronze peace, it was a rush order and within minutes of being finished, it was in the overnight post!

custom jewelry testimonial

this simple custom pendant design was a huge hit with the woman it was commissioned for, reflecting very well indeed on her man who commissioned the piece from me! scroll down to read his sweet email to me after he presented her with this thoughtful gift of custom jewelry.

Heather–

She loves it! loves the weight of it, the design,the length, everything….

… I presented her with the ingot and chain you made and the response was extraordinary and surpassed all my expectations.

Heather, you truly captured the essence of what I was trying to say with this gesture, to say nothing of the craftsmanship and beauty of the piece in and of itself.

To me that is an example of the difference between an artist and some one who is good at crafting jewelry you are truly an artist and I believe the result was a product of my just getting out of the way and letting you create once my desire and some background information was conveyed.

Thank you so much and congratulations on a job done so very well!

-Glenn Prickett