A couple of years ago (shame on me!), my sister-in-law handed me these two purple stripe sea shells that she picked up on her beach vacation to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. The shells are striking - purple and white stripes (my school colors!). Rhonda has always had an obsession with the color purple! They are not large - the largest is about an inch or so in length.
Anyway, she gave them to me and said, "maybe you can think of something to do with these". I knew back then exactly what I wanted to do. But I also knew I lacked ALL skills to do it. So, I put them in my special ceramic bowl ....my inspiration bowl of gorgeous beads...waiting for the day I finally felt confidant enough to try to make a keepsake.
So, here is my very first prong setting...crude, though I actually prefer to use the term "organic".
I could not decide which of the shells to use - each had their own special beauty. So, I used them both.
The bail is a commercial, sterling silver bail that would be great for leather, cording, or even some silk. But, I do not use fibers in my work, and thought this bail with its hammered finish brought presence to the top of pendant. So, I soldered it to the top of the piece.
There are 18 separate solder joins - and no "re-do's". Here is a picture of the back.
It hangs very nicely on this 18th sterling chain, too.
It is so not perfect...but, maybe I can perfect his technique in time!
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