Before taking time off for Christmas, I had one final custom commission. The order was for a bracelet in my “Leaf a Message” Collection. The mold I used was one of the last remaining leaves from the butterfly bush in my backyard – buddleia, for those of you who know your plants! Lucky thing I plucked the leaves this morning – everything is covered with almost a foot of snow, now.
The photo shows the real green leaf – as well as the metal clay leaf and word, both in the green stage. Once it has dried overnight, I will file and sand a bit and also enlarge the holes through which the jump rings will be attached. The word will be attached to the reverse of the leaf and then the piece will be popped in the kiln for two hours at 1650º F. I will post a photo of the finished bracelet before I send it off on Monday.