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The city in a nutshell... sort of. On one half of this locket is a detailed water tower inspired by the enormous one in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and in the background are the soft depictions of city buildings. There's a reference to the Empire State Building on the other half of locket face as well. Everything is painted with a tiny brush in black and dark brown over a cream oil enamel backdrop so it has a very sepia-tone feel.

For five years my bedroom window looked out at this water tower. We used to concoct schemes to climb it, but let me tell you, those ladders looked way too rusty to be trusted.

Each piece is photographed before posting, so the one depicted in the pictures is precisely what this listing is for. The painting is built up over many days, allowing first the background and then the layers to dry as details and colors are added. It's durable and water-resistant.

The locket is two-tone brass and comes from vintage stock, so each piece has its own bit of natural tarnish. The diameter of the sphere is 18 mm - same as a dime.
Many people have told me they prefer to wear them closed and keep the painting a secret, though I love to wear them open on display. Either way they're quite magnetic. The chain is raw brass which will oxidize to a deep vintage gold over time (don't worry, it doesn't mark skin or clothes). It measures 20" (50.8 centimeters), and is closed with a lobster clasp.

Each locket comes in its very own decorative tin (surprise!). Padded kraft envelopes will keep it snug and safe. Shipping is first class with delivery confirmation (tracking) for domestic packages, and first class with a customs form for international. I ship 2-3 days a week, to get orders out promptly.

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Hand-painted Locket, Microscopic Brooklyn Water Tower Cityscape, Sepia Tones on Warm Cream


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: oil enamel, oil paint, brass locket, brass chain, lobster clasp
  • Ships worldwide from New York, United States
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