Putting a square on a square is one of the basics in making art jewelry. And while it would sound incredibly simple, it’s not as easy as you think. There are logistics involved, and I have found that making a template out of paper is the first thing you must do. From there I make a mock piece, finding out before it’s too late where to add the rivets and tuck the ends of wire. I’ll make numerous configurations with charms, textures, colors, and metals before I actually make a pendant.
I had the good fortune the other day to find a box of at least fifty gold-plated and sterling silver flat charms in my stash of cross-stitching stuff. Back in the 80’s, cross stitch patterns often came with these little add-on’s to bring more dimension to the stitching. Apparently I had more charms than projects, so now I can add these to my jewelry.
Getting the right bail or jump ring, and the right chain is important to the outcome, and recycled chains from old jewelry will be my major source.
The piece to the right has a brass background. I found the brass at a junk shop for $1. It was the solid brass kickplate of an exterior door, which was a find because now most, if not all kick plates, are brass plated. At 14 guage, it’s difficult to work with, but it makes a strong and weighty foundation for any design once you figure out how to punch holes through it.