I have set myself lots of little things to do throughout the year, one of them being design a new piece each month and the second is learn something new each month.
Well I had intended on a spot of wax carving but I have misplaced my saw blades so I tried a bit of reticulation instead.
Reticulation involved heating the metal several times to bring a layer of oxidised copper to the surface. when this is polished it leaves fine silver behind!
I have seen the results and they can look absolutely beautiful, I however have a way to go yet until I am controlling the flow of silver!
This is what can be achieved
and this is what I achieved (no laughing)
It does still need cleaning up. whilst I don't normally do very organic styled silver jewellery I think this style once perfected would look great against crisp polished silver.