Stepping Up to the Plate…

by patpruitt on April 27, 2011

Working with family…yeah, some of you know what I’m talking about.  Fortunately for me, my younger brother, Chris Pruitt, is coming into his own as an artist.  While we do have our brotherly spats from time to time, when it comes to working together, things tend to get done.

I will admit, I am not an organic materials sort of person.  Working with wood on past non-jewelry related projects has taught me a new found respect for all the woodworkers.  Same goes for lapidary artists, I just cant seem to grasp it…elusive it is for me.  For my brother on the other hand, he is truly talented in cutting, grinding, and polishing stones with precision that makes me jealous.

This is probably our third collaboration to date.  A Belt Buckle and Bolo set, commissioned by a Gallery that represents the both of us.  We always try to challenge our skill set when working on collaborative pieces, this was no exception.  All cut from Stainless Steel, Inliad with 24K Gold, Natural Lone Mountain Turquoise and Natural Coral.





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patpruitt April 30, 2011 at 12:08 am

Casey, yeah Ive used the Insta Blak 370, and it works okay on 316L, I have not used it on 304, but have some scrap stuff that I can try it on. In my experience its not super durable on 316 and so when I do use it, I make sure the patina is done in a recessed area. If you use this on the surface of 316, it will rub off.

Casey Hooligan April 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

By the way, I’ve thought about trying Insta-Blak SS-370 for some of my projects, have you tried this to blacken stainless?
I use mainly 304L but I’m imagining 316 might be more difficult to blacken?

Casey Hooligan April 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Wow, I really like the look of brushed SS next to textured SS, the edge details are a very nice touch as well.
Also the fine-fitting asymmetric stone layout is quality work!

patpruitt April 28, 2011 at 1:49 am

Thanks guys…Pam, the dark patina is only a reflection, if I could find a killer black patina for stainless that would last, Id be all over it 😉

Pam Chott April 28, 2011 at 12:29 am

Absolutely stunning set!
Outstanding work.
And I love the drama of the dark patina at one end of the buckle.

Peggy Wilson, Harbor Jewelers April 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm

There are no words….”awesome” just does not do it!!!

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