Black Oak, Etched Copper Necklace

by Cherie Somerville.
(southeast Arizona)

Black Oak, Etched Copper Necklace by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Creating various landscapes is one of my favorite things to do when etching copper pieces. Desert/mountain landscapes are fun, but trees are my favorite! I’m completely into the minute intricacy of all the tight little twist & turns of branch & leaf tip (and crescent moon, in this case!), and the challenge of making it through without breaking a blade; it’s like a game!

Black Oak, Etched Copper Necklace by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

My husband (the other half of the Elksong team) contributed to this one, with his hanger suggestion. I was struggling with coming up with the right way to set the focal piece up on a necklace & he sez ‘these black coral pieces look like branches, you should use one of these’. Oh my, sez I, that’s perfect!

Black Oak, Etched Copper Necklace by Cherie Somerville  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

So, he polished a good piece up & even cut another piece into some fat heishi pieces to pull the glossy black up through the necklace. Some lichen-green rainforest jasper rondelles & old Czech glass “moonstone” beads are part of the whole theme of an ancient black oak in the middle of the woods, with the low crescent moon caught in it’s twisted branches…..
Thanks for letting me share!

Cherie Somerville
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