by Kristine Schroeder
(St. Germain, WI USA)
I used sterling silver and copper wire to construct this heart-shaped pendant, and I really like the warmth the copper brings to the piece. I formed the heart first, then wove it with fine-gauge sterling silver, using a block pattern for a mechanical look.
The remaining copper wire forms the rosette, and I swirled the remaining sterling silver into a sinuous art nouveau design that contrasts with the mechanical heart.
I added sterling silver beads and a garnet bead for twinkle, then finished the piece with a garnet teardrop briolette.
Four LOS (liver of sulfur) baths and one polishing later, here is the Lola heart!
Someone wiser than I once said that Steampunk is at the intersection of technology and romance. I think this heart pendant is there, too.