Thursday, June 10, 2010

Two ways to wear a double sided pendant

And here is how it looks close up.

The inside surface has been patinated which essentially means that the surface of the silver turns an amazing inky black colour.  I explored this form in an earlier ring which I made as part of my 'Six Memos for the Next Millennium' series.  The series takes the chapter headings (from Italo Calvino's book of the same name) and uses them as a starting point for the design concept for each piece.  The first chapter is on 'Lightness', the second on 'Quickness' and the third (on which this design is based) is on 'Exactitude'.

The handmade chain is one long, beautiful exactly segmented line (in fourteen parts since you ask).  When it is not worn it can be dangled like a pendulum.  It is a curious thing that just by placing the fastening at the front of the piece (rather than at the back against the nape of the neck) the whole geography of the necklace shifts entirely.   

I have continued the idea of the hidden texture that only the wearer sees (that began in the petits caillioux series) and expanded it here.  This texture can be hidden or exposed for the world to see depending on the owners whim.  What could be better than two necklaces in one?

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