Nereid - baby head - Vitreous Enamel on Copper Cabochon
I am excited to offer you these 'Maidenheads' - human-made 'gemstones' for you to use in your jewelry creations, brought to life by me in the ancient painstaking process of painting with oxides on vitreous enamel.
They start their life as highest-grade sheet copper, which I hand-saw out in a unique shape. I then paint in my original design in powdered glass - brushing on one layer, then firing this till vitrified, then another and so on. The strokes of the brush are visible, giving an organic feel. This process creates great depth as well as single smooth surface of permanently bonded glass. Watch this video to see me create one of these pieces! This particular piece has been decorated with Venetian millefiori, that have been melted into the surface creating textural dimension and flowers in her hair.
The back of these pieces is flat and has been counter-enamelled with clear enamel. Though the cabochon is short in profile (<1mm), it should not be challenging to bezel-set as they are even all the way round.
Each of these pieces has had around 18 firings in total, and takes 7 hours to make though this translates to days of labour at the kiln. The resulting human-made gemstone is completely individual with her own personality. She is only waiting to inspire you to contextualize her within your own jewelry.
Note: None of the pieces are symmetrical and each will contain little quirks- zoom in onto those photos.
At a Glance
Vitreous enamel on copper
Size: ≈ 30mmX20mm
Profile (height) ≈ 1mm
Flat back with counter enamel layer
Care Instructions: Unlike many gemstones and many pretty things on earth - vitreous enamel will not fade with time, nor is it affected by sunlight or water. It will look as beautiful today as a millennium from now. It is harder to scratch than most gemstones. However If dropped, it may shatter or chip so mostly care should be taken before and while setting. While I cannot coach you through its setting, look up info about setting flat cabochons if you’re a newbie. After being set and finished, it will be quite strong - but the piece should be cared for the way handmade jewelry is cared for, protecting it from shocks and drops. additionally while I find they can be stumbled in steel shot, do not tumble in abrasive material not is it advisable to dunk them in a pickle.
Shipping These ship standard registered post from Malta, with possibility to upgrade to courier at checkout.