When I came upon this challenge from Sally Russick of studiosublime.com I immediately knew it was for me. The challenge was to create a piece of jewelry using a cabochon: basically a piece that has a flat back, no holes. I have already been creating jewelry using cabochons by wrapping them in filigree or using them in already made bezels. So the challenge for me was to try something new. I have these wonderful vintage reverse painted intaglios of Arachne and Athena .
The one I used was pink with gold but the same design. Recently I have started to delve into some metal work so decided that is what I would do for this challenge. I cut two hearts out of copper sheeting and then torched them. Out of the center of one heart I cut out a jagged opening into which I set the cabochon. The two hearts were then riveted together. I added some vintage chain and here it is:
Not perfect but I am pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for taking the time to read! If you would like to see what other participants of the challenge created you can check out the list at Sally’s Blog.