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Hand forged textures highlight form and shadow in this contemporary ocean necklace. A swirl of forged sterling silver waves is suspended from a chain of roughly forged streams of barnacles. A lightweight froth of hand forged textures with hand forged clasp.
Unique ocean necklace inspired by the textures of barnacles, Barnacle Tides fuses edgy texture and classic elegance. Hand forged, fused and patinated, this contemporary ocean necklace is one of a kind, reflecting light accented with a beautiful black patina.
This one of a kind necklace measures 22 inches.
Note from the Artist
I made this sterling silver ocean necklace entirely by hand. I’m fascinated with the textures created by combining fusing, granulation, and forging. Each piece on my workbench is special, but with Barnacle Tides I was inspired by the delicious natural textures of barnacles.
Stubbornly clinging to every available surface, barnacles are the ocean at it’s most tenacious. Shimmering textures in smoothly rounded fused droplets grace curvilinear hand forged wave forms. Elegant lines of patina darkened forged silver draw the eye, culminating in a whirlpool of hammered texture that elegantly reflects the light. This one of a kind ocean necklace ripples and flows with every movement, casting and reflecting light and shadow.
Probably one of the most rewarding things to create is handmade texture- and the varying textures in Barnacle Tides is no exception. I always approach the creation of texture a bit like a mad scientist. The alchemy of fire, force, and metal is unpredictable and enthralling. Each hammer blow shapes the metal in a new direction. Each pass of a torch runs the risk of artistic implosion, where the metal could sink into a formless mass once more. The thrill of creation is echoed in the rush of artistic freedom with every moment, until the final texture is achieved.
I hope you enjoy Barnacle Tides.