Tortoise Shell and Moonstones
Peacock hair brooch with opals
While being able to cast portions of the crown would have been wonderful, I figured I could make a version of my design with simple metalworking techniques. Ginkgo leaves were the inspiration for my tiara:
A lot of redrawing/sanding/filing is involved in achieving just the right shape of ginkgo leaf.
Hand cut and engraved...
These pieces soldered on pretty easily, but I had trouble getting the smaller pieces to adhere to the base:
Please excuse my gross soldering block...
I finally decided on two simpler pieces so that I could solder bezel cups to the front. Here's how it turned out after oxidizing and steel wool-ing:
Not so bad! It's much simpler than my inspiration, but simplicity is sometimes a good thing. I used a rainbow moonstone in the middle and a labradorite cabochon on either side. Feldspar minerals are my favorite, and they go so well with earth toned copper.
I'll keep this one for myself as a display piece, but I might consider selling some similar pieces in the future.
Keep on the lookout for new jewelry soon at Lithic Design!