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This item sold on November 28, 2012.

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One day I was walking home, headed north on a street lined with ginkgo trees. I admire their graceful shape, especially in autumn when they tumble and flutter through the air, like butterfly wings. That day, I slowed my pace and started picking some leaves off the trees, and one became the model for one of the first designs I created when I first learned metalsmithing. Amazingly, more than 2 years later, that leaf is still green! No wonder it is such a strong symbol of longevity.

I traced the outline of a ginkgo leaf onto a heavy sheet of solid copper (18 gauge!) to create a scale replica in metal. I painstakingly cut the shape by hand using a jeweler's saw, and filed the edges smooth. Next, I hammered one surface to mimic the vein pattern of the leaf, adding sparkle and texture and a gentle curve to the piece. The back side features the lovely hand forged texture of being struck against a well-worn anvil. I then added an elegant curl to the stem for a chain to thread through.

The colour of copper is so lovely and warm, a great match for leaves in autumn. To keep the colour vibrant, you can use ketchup or salt and vinegar from time to time to polish tarnish away!

This listing includes one bare copper ginkgo leaf pendant and copper plated necklace chain.

DIMENSIONS (approximate)
Height: 2 1/8 inches
Width: 2 1/8 inch (at its widest point)
Thickness: 1/4 inch
Chain: Copper plated and nickel free, closes with a lobster clasp, 16 inches with a 2 inch expansion chain (can be adjusted to 18 inch length) - if you need a slightly longer length, let me know

Thanks for looking!
-SomewhatHip.

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Copper ginkgo leaf necklace - hammered copper pendant - ''Biloba''

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: copper, copper plated chain
  • Ships worldwide from Toronto, Canada
  • Feedback: 33 reviews
  • Favorited by: 19 people