Little Owl Metal Animal Pendants by Popnicute
Published On: 01-11-2012 11:33pm
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Category: Wire Journal
I've been having fun designing with metal sheets. Now I know that brass sheet is harder than copper sheet which make brass harder to cut with metal shears. I've got no jeweler saw yet. That's still in my tool list to get among a lot of other things!
I've never done any animal jewelry until one day, a friend of my sister-in-law saw this Amber pendant bead in my stash and she sees an owl in it. She commissioned me to do it and giving me a lot of artistic liberty. She made sure that it didn't have to look exactly like an owl, just do whatever I think best. But of course my realist mind wouldn't steer away from the actual thing. So I browsed google images of owls and kind of combined them in one for an Owl a la Popnicute! If you asked me, I wouldn't be able to tell what kind of owl is it. All I know that it looks like one! Haha.
Colleen was thrilled when she received her owl. I combined copper, brass, tiger eye, garnet, and the amber focal to make the owl. She picked the beads :) All of my critter pendants are riveted, no solder used.
That Amber bead was one of a kind, I felt this owl had potential, so I made a new design that is completely made out of metal so it would be easier to reproduce. The result was this Give A Hoot
necklace. I absolutely happy with the design. My mom also wants one with a note .
A few days later, a long time friend in Indonesia commissioned me for a bracelet and a critter pendant. Wanda's favorite animals are panda and sea turtle. She didn't specify but told me I could go with either. So I made a sea turtle for her :) This design didn't come easy but I think Myrtle The Sea Turtle
turned out adorable! The front and back flippers can move due to the rivets are anchored at one point. She also carried my friend's initial on her back. I had to redo the design as the initial design was too plain.
So, what comes next? Do you have any suggestion?