Naturalistic single ivy leaf pendant in pink bronze


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Product Code: 31385f

Naturally contoured single ivy leaf pendant on antiqued copper cable chain.  An entirely hand crafted solid pink bronze shaped ivy shaped leaf necklace, featuring natural contoured undulations and deep veining for texture and interest.

I have hand crafted the ivy leaf pendant in metal clay and it has been impressed with a vein texture and hand contoured with natural curves like a real leaf.  I've shaped and polished the edges of the leaf into soft curves to be tactile to the touch.   The ivy leaf necklace has been antiqued to enhance the texture and take on the mellow colour of long-loved metal.

The leaf itself measures 29mm (1.15") in height and is 26mm (1") wide in wear.  The leaf pendant hangs from the chain by a discreet 'D' bail loop on the back, which can be seen in the additional photographs.  The solid copper cable chain fastens with my own hand crafted hook and loop clasp and will be supplied 18" (460mm) by default, but as the chains are made to order, if you'd like a different length, please let me know and I'll be happy to make it up to your requirements.

The necklace has been made by me in a pink bronze metal clay called Desert Sun, which has a high copper content, but is officially a bronze.  So I think it would satisfy both requirements for either a bronze, or copper piece, and the chain and clasp are solid copper too.

What is metal clay?

Metal clay (now available in base metals like copper, bronze, iron, steel and brass and precious metals like silver and even gold) is a clay like medium made from tiny particles of metal, combined with an organic binder and made into a pliable clay or paste with water. After working with the clay-like medium to form the article, it is thoroughly dried to remove all of the water, the shape is further refined and then fired at very high temperature in a kiln to both burn off the binders and to cause the metal particles to fuse together as solid metal - this firing takes a full day to complete - at which time I tend to work with crossed fingers, hoping that the kiln gods are smiling on me that day and it fires successfully.   Not everything does.

Please note that I have several ivy leave necklaces like this available, but they have been listed and priced individually as there is enough variation in the details that I consider them individual one of a kind pieces.  As chains are made to order for each customer, they are polished to match the pendant, where the ones used in photographs are 'prop' chains that don't necessarily match as well, as they are used for more than one design.

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