The Only Path • Cloisonné Vitreous Enamel Talisman • Portal Collection
The golden road twists and winds before you but it is impossible to leave it - it forms under your feet no matter where you step. It is your very own road, there are none others like it. Some may run beside you, some may cross it briefly, but in the end it is only your road. Leading you forward towards that mystery through which all must go. Like sulphur in the alchemist's alembic, this road will cook you into something else entirely. Are you already feeling, the newness of a new becoming? Are you ready to change state?
About the piece
This collection marks the first of a new direction I am taking with my vitreous enamel work. 'Archaeological' style settings worthy of a Roman princess, and handmade chains.
The central focal is in cloisonné enamel, a technique which at the time of writing I am in my third year of exploring. It is an ancient technique whereby wire is used to denote outline based on my own unique designs, into which grains of glass are placed and fused in many many goes inside the kiln. This is a very reductive way of explaining the ancient technique - for more, look at this IGTV I made on the subject.
The setting is fabricated in a high-copper grade alloy known as 'tombac' or jeweler's brass. All the warmth of gold but not gold - still precious through the art of labour and fabrication, and not because of the occult whims of the stock market. Anarcho-punk me likes that about it. I have chosen a deep-blue labradorite to complement the colours in this piece.
The talisman is supplied with a handmade collar that puts the piece centre-stage. It's surprisingly comfortable to wear despite the sophisticated look. The bail also allows for it to be removed from this collar and can be worn on a chain of your choice for variation. It's being modelled on a 15 inch neck - if you have fit concerns, I am happy to make one fit your size at no extra cost. Just let me know on checkout.
At a Glance:
Focal: Cloisonné vitreous enamel on copper
Hand fabricated setting in tombac (jeweler's brass)
Choker-style stiff collar.
Collar length end-to-end: 20"
The collar is displayed on a neck circumf 15". If yours varies very much from this, message me and I am happy to make you one better suited to your particular size.
Signed and dated on the reverse for collectability
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Care While enamel does not react to humidity or fade in the light, if the piece has gemstones it should be shielded from both. Enamels and stones should not be dropped from a height either as they might chip or shatter. And though sturdily put together, all hand-fabricated jewelry needs to be treated with care - do not drop, shock, tug or knock it into things. When making this jewelry the aim was to create a wearable piece of art. Like clothing, jewelry will need cleaning and if worn continuously, possibly repairing. Care for it and the latter can be avoided entirely.
Tombac is an alloy like sterling silver, and just like sterling it will tarnish with time and exposure to the elements. You may know it as jeweler's brass in your country. Once you see tarnish you do not like, it is easy enough to restore brightness with department-store brass cleaner. Remember to be gentle with a with microfibre cloth if you pick the chemical route - do not immerse. Tarnish-removing pads from jewelry stores will work too.