Up From the Ashes, Collodion Image On Rutilated Quartz In 14K Gold and Sterling
I'm so happy with how this latest collodion image pendant turned out. I made the Pheonix bird and then captured it in camera onto the underside of very rare rutile quartz. The natural copper and titanium threads that run through the clear quartz couldn't be more beautiful for this piece and they really add the shimmering element that I so wanted to express for this mythological story. The pendant itself is 58mm x 33mm and I've added substantial 16 gauge 14K gold prongs that hold this tiny collodion stone image in place on layered and oxidized sterling silver. I also included a gorgeous 18 inch oxidized silver wheat chain.
This necklace is a fine art Photo Pendant made in the 1850's wet plate collodion process. This type of image on metal is known as a "Tintype", a wet plate photo on glass is an "Ambrotype" and a collodion photo on Agate Quartz stone, I am calling an "Agatype". They are created in a rare, almost lost art process. I spend a great deal of time setting up the shoot for the image and taking the photo with an 1860's Dallmeyer lens and bellows camera or my 1910's Voigtlander lens and 5x7 bellows. Each wet plate is carefully developed in my darkroom, dried and then varnished with shellac or sandarac and lavender oil for their protection.....and then 2 more jeweler's grade, crystal clear materials to add even more durability. I place the metal, glass, mica or agate stone photo into the setting or add a bail and assemble the solid sterling silver chain and clasp. A lot of time and heart goes into making these handmade "gems" of art.
Each piece has a slight shimmer as wet plate collodion photos are made from tiny silver particles. Every one has its own unique quality, sometimes displaying streaks or specks which only add to its beauty and mystery.
I have searched out or created the best quality settings and chain and I would love to accommodate if you have any specific requirements or commissions.
Be sure to use a soft, 100% cotton, T-shirt or cloth to gently wipe your photo pendant and store it in the included individual pouch or box to keep from scratching. Care for this piece just as you would care for any of your other fine jewelry pieces.
I sign or engrave each of my pieces. This one of a kind Pendant is sure to be an heirloom and it would make a wonderful gift for any occasion. I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Thanks so much for your interest.