Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Snail Shell Pendant


Artist Statement: A real snail shell, found vacant in my back yard, has been completely encased in a thick copper shell. All the detail of the original shell is visible. Given a patina to highlight all the details, and sealed to protect the finish.

The shell measures about 1 inch diameter at the widest point, and hangs from a doubled length of soft brown cotton cord measuring just under 18 inches in length. Closes with a sterling silver lobster clasp.

Each piece is one-of-a-kind, the original object remains inside the thick copper layer. Your shell will vary slightly from the one shown here. No snails were harmed making these pieces, any live snail is left undisturbed in the woods.

I used a process called electroforming to create this piece. (Think bronzed baby shoes) With this equipment, almost any object can be encased in copper using acid and an electric current. For more information, check out my electroforming tutorial by copying and pasting this URL into your browser:

http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/2008/01/electroforming-tutorial-iris-seed-pod.html

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