Good morning, my best beloveds! And happy World Elephant Day! Since today is the day that we celebrate our pachyderm friends, I thought it would be a great day to share a sneak peek of something I have been working on this summer. It’s a new piece of literary jewelry inspired by the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. I read Kipling’s Just So Stories for the first time this summer and I instantly fell in love with the quote, “O my best beloved,” and I knew I needed to design something with that phrase in it. At the same time, I have started working with precious metal clay, a new medium that is opening up so many new design options for me and my work. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make my first PMC piece with a Kipling theme.
If you don’t know what precious metal clay is, it’s really cool. It’s a clay that contains tiny particles of precious metal, in this case silver, embedded in it. You can sculpt it, stamp it, carve it, mold it, or do anything that you could normally do with clay. Then when it is dry, you fire it with a torch until the clay burns off and the metal particles fuse together, leaving behind a fine silver piece in the shape you created.
I started by creating my design on the computer. For this piece, I took text from the story, The Elephant’s Child, which tells of how the elephant got his long trunk and combined it with a silhouette of an elephant’s head and some geometric, tribal accents. Then I etched the design into a metal plate to use as a stamp. I stamped the design into the clay, fired it, polished it, and added a dark patina to make the text and design really pop.
I still have a lot to do before this piece is ready to be added to my Etsy shop but I am super excited at how my first PMC project came out and I can’t wait to explore all the new design possibilities with this new material. What do you think, book lovers? Do you love my Elephant’s Child pendant as much as I do? What books or poems would you like to see captured in Precious Metal Clay next? Let me know in the comments! Until next time, take care and happy reading!!