Puzzle Necklace, made from brass scraps

by shelbyvision on May 30, 2011

I have accumulated a lot of scraps of brass over the years, the pieces left over after cutting out the shapes that I used for my work. I have always thought I could put them to use for something, but never had any good ideas for them. Just recently I had the time to do some experimenting with some scraps, and found I could form them into what I would call “branched spiculums”. Interesting shapes, but then what are they good for? Then I saw Beth Wicker’s call for entries for “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”, an online exhibition to feature jewelry pieces made of no-precious materials. That gave me the impetus to make a necklace out of some of those branched spiculums. I didn’t have a design in advance, but rather took some of the pieces and laid them out in a way that looked like they could fit together. The whole thing was an experiment, and I had no idea how it would end up. the idea of a “puzzle necklace” didn’t arrive until it was apparent that I was not going to be able to make complete loops on the individual parts. It’s 16 gauge brass, so it’s just not that flexible. Actually I’m glad it turned out that way, because it gives it a uniqueness it wouldn’t have otherwise. However, it was extremely time-consuming and tedious to get the pieces to fit together well enough so that it wouldn’t fall apart when I picked it up.
Pictures: 1. Scrap pieces, six of which ended up in the necklace. 2. Two of the scraps, first step in forming. 3. Basic form completed. 4. The necklace unassembled. 5. Necklace assembled.

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Suzanne June 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Well, you’ve inspired me to look at my scrap in a different way. I like the concept of the puzzle pieces. Beautiful!

shelbyvision June 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

Thanks, Rene’, Kim.

shelbyvision June 3, 2011 at 2:21 am

Vicki, sure, that would be fine with me!

Vicki Mimis June 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

Hi Steve, I am “Mary Morningstar” on facebook and a member of the Master Artists group. I was wondering whether you would allow me to put some of your work onto my website with your bio and a link back to your website?

Rene' Howard June 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

I think this piece is cute! Not in a Hello Kitty sense but more of the visual play of texture with the brass, reminding me of shark teeth. While my description is not cuddly by a long shot, not all sharks are vicious. 🙂

Kim Fox June 1, 2011 at 12:07 am

What a wonderful exercise and unique finish. I always keep interesting scrap – now I will have another way to look at it.

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