According to Christine, "In the Rushes necklace was inspired by a summer afternoon I spent kayaking along the Humber River in Toronto. There was so many things to see hiding in the rushes. I wanted to capture the sense of life I found, and create a necklace with many stories to tell. The champlevé frog on the necklace clasp is hiding from the cloisonné heron center-piece. The blackbird perching on the cat-tail rushes on the back of the pendant is calling out a warning. The blue boulder-opal doublet on the bail of the pendant represents the river, and the rough granulated setting imitates the shore-line.
"The pendant was constructed from metal clay, and the setting for the enamel center piece was made from fine silver bezel wire. The chain was created using the Viking-knit method, and finished with hand-made metal clay end-caps. The champlevé and cloisonné enamel pieces were created using a variety of transparent Thompson enamel colours."
Congratulations, Christine; we are so proud of you! To see the other winners of the Fire Mountain contest, go to: http://www.firemountaingems.com/beadingcontests/bc2015metalwinners
Upcoming classes with Christine Woollacott:
Twisted Wire Mokume Gane Ring
Saturday, July 18
10:00am - 2:00pm
Champlevé Enamel on Art Clay Silver
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18
10:00am - 5:00pm both days