This item sold on March 23, 2012.
like standing on the edge
of the Pacific blue . . .
nothing i can imagine
more turbulent, more serene
more like life
than anything else
i can think of!
to create this one-of-a-kind necklace, i hand-cast the tiny spiral shell (just under .5 inch wide) in solid sterling silver, and then meticulously set a beautifully watery blue indicolite tourmaline in the aperture (opening) . . .
i have strung the sweetly spinning spiral on an eighteen inch delicate cable chain and finished it with a hand-made 's' clasp. a dark patina allows the spiraling highlights to sing and shine
i hand-make my own molds for each individual casting by packing sand around a pattern, in this case, the spiraling sea shell. i have only one chance with each mold to get it right. as the molten metal pours into the mold cavity, gravity being the only force used, any sand that it touches will burn! this type of casting dates all the way back to 645 B.C., but was popularized by the Navajo American Indian Tribe for the creation of jewelry during the early days around 1840
over the last several years i have perfected this method for myself, which allows me to re-create some of nature's most delicate and exquisite forms ... . by casting my pieces in sand, i feel much closer to the earth, and quite proud of the detailed work of my heart and my hands!