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"UNTITLED" Heart Necklace...
Jamie Santellano - Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 11:39am
I have been thinking about producing a handmade "Limited" Collection, and started designing some pieces with scroll-work overlay and chain Mail pattern chains. One of my first designs turned into a commission for a Christmas present.
The heart is solid, sand-cast, and the overlay is carved. The original heart was made from Polymer Clay.
The Chain is all linked by hand, each link soldered, and tumbled. The weave is called Jens Pind. I've struggled with this particular type of weave and now it's become one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!
The heart weighed in at .670 ozt (21g) and the chain weighed in at 1.595 ozt (50g). Altogether the piece weighed in at 2.265 ozt. (70g)...sorry if my math is off...not one of my best subjects. This is quite a substantial piece, which is really what I wanted to begin with.
I am very happy with it, and received one of the best compliments for 2010...someone thought it was a Brighton! Not that I want my work to look like theirs, but the fact that it caught someone's attention, and they stopped to ask, and then was told "NO!...EVEN BETTER!...IT'S A SANTELLANO!," just brought a smile to my face and a feeling of excitement that my work is finally breaking through...
This is only one of the first pieces of a "Limited" Collection coming soon!