Little Tree Collodion Image On Underside of Quartz Crystal, In Silver Setting
I've always loved "swirly" trees and I'm so happy with how this collodion image turned out. I made the little black tree to be used in a diorama type scene. It was a labor of love to capture this image in camera onto the underside of a small piece of quartz crystal and the stone inclusions really add a magical feel. They create movement and the tiny image feels like a tree in a field with a storm rolling in. I also handcrafted the 43mm x 32mm sterling silver setting, adding filigree touches and prongs. The final touch was adding a high quality 18 inch sterling silver wheat chain.
I'm not making tiny collodion images for jewelry nearly as often as I used to and this collodion image on quartz crystal was captured a few years ago. The process is painstaking. For this piece, I went into my darkroom, poured the liquid collodion onto the quartz, dipped the piece into a sensitizing solution, then took the piece to my camera, captured the image, went back into the darkroom, placed the stone into the developer tray, poured the solution, rinsed, fixed the image in a different solution then rinsed again. This all happens in a time frame that allows the image to remain wet throughout the entire process otherwise the tiny image will be lost.
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