[sterling, onyx, enamel, resin]
For the love of the ponderosa pine tree! Ponderosa Milk — glue of the interior West.
I really like how this piece turned out. I mean, each time I look over at it, my eyes are surprised by the textures and dimension of the pendant and then my sight sort of audibly sighs. I managed to use gems (huge, gorgeous, green onyx briolettes) in an unconventional way. I didn’t just stick them in that milky white resin, I actually had to build a tiny little wire suspension system for those stones — it’s invisible now but it was rather time consuming and nearly made me tear my hair out, to be frank. Other things that make it special? The handmade chain, the jangling jigsaw bark pieces hanging from the chain, the fact that I terribly burned my left middle finger while soldering one of the chain joints (worst burn of my metalsmithing career so far) — the flame went up and under my fingernail. Can you imagine! It hurt like heck. Blood, sweat and tears. I declare! I’ve had a chunk of aloe vera strapped to my finger all afternoon, it’s quite soothing, what a magical plant.