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From my bench:Platinum,18k, Iron Neckpiece

by James Binnion on October 5, 2008

Neckpiece in platinum, 18k gold and pure iron with Tahitian pearl

Neckpiece in platinum, 18k gold and pure iron with Tahitian pearl

Here is a neckpiece commissioned by a friend as a Christmas present for his wife last year. It is a mokume gane laminate of platinum, 18k yellow gold and iron with a customer supplied Tahitian pearl. The central bar is platinum as is the finding loop on the back for the chain.  It was designed to slide onto a 4mm platinum Omega chain that his wife already owned.  The first design challenge was that I did not have the chain to get the dimensions of the clasp to insure the neckpiece would fit the chain so I was relying on my friends measurements. Luckily he gave me good numbers and it fits and hangs properly . The second challenge was to give the piece dimension without carving it from a solid block of mokume and yet retain the patterns integrity. In mokume gane the pattern is everything. The design needed some depth because the pearl is 12mm in diameter!   If you cut and solder mokume sheet there will always be a visible seam and sometimes this can be worked into the design but in this piece it would not have worked as they would have been too obvious and detracted from the piece. To make this work I used scoring and folding techniques to bend and form the flat sheet into dimensional forms. Each half has one seam on the lower corner but they are short and not visible from the front of the neckpiece.

I hope you enjoy this. I will post other items as time permits.


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Erich November 13, 2008 at 6:23 am

Thank you for continuing to post your wealth of knowledge on Orchid. Your craftsmanship is absolutely superb! It is wonderful to see such precision. . .your work is incredibly inspirational for me!

Pedro October 8, 2008 at 2:56 am

You’re killing me !

tschetterstudio October 7, 2008 at 6:57 am

Amazing! Just amazing!

coralnut October 6, 2008 at 7:22 pm

Jim, superb job!. I must say, when you post on Orchid, I ALWAYS read your messages. I have not done any mokume gane, been kind of busy lately with my blackcoral and doing some etching. One of these days I hope to do it though. I just activated my blog and should have some stuff up in a few days. Cheers, Don

Jim October 6, 2008 at 8:20 am

It is sealed with wax but it can rust. But not allowing it to be put away wet and an occasional wipe with a bit of wax will keep it looking good. The work I do with iron is about contrast both color and preciousness.


helensgems October 6, 2008 at 4:51 am

Beautiful piece James. Is the intention of using iron, that it will rust? Or is it given a protective layer of something to prevent rusting? I love the combination of the metals used.

Helen Hill

hansmeevis October 6, 2008 at 4:25 am

Really excellent work and beautifully made. One question. Will the iron rust,or did you seal it up?
Thanks for sharing.

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