Marriage Made in Heaven

by Elizabeth Reid.
(Rockville, MD)

Marriage Made in Heaven - Pendant by Elizabeth Reid  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I consider myself an “intermediate” jewelry maker and love learning new techniques.

Recently I did some broom straw casting and love the unexpected and beautiful results.

I had a beautiful seraphinite cabochon that I had been waiting for an inspiration for its use

Taking a piece of the casting and placing it against the seraphinite struck me as a marriage made in heaven and I presented my idea to my mentor who encourage me to proceed.

I bezel set the cabochon first and then undercut the casting and riveted the casting to a piece of the bezel backing.

Then I used a length of Double Viking Knit w/28 Ga Fine Silver to suspend this truly One of a Kind piece from

Elizabeth Reid
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  • Lynda C says:

    This is awesome! I’ve seen broom casting demoed once, but have never seen it used in a setting. Inspired to give it a try! Thank you for sharing your work.

  • So many fascinating possibilities with broom straw casting, Elizabeth. And your broomcasting seems to echo the pattern in the seraphinite – almost as if the cabochon is reflecting the image of the casting.

  • Elizabeth Reid says:

    So glad you see what I saw.

  • Elizabeth Reid says:

    Thank you. You will get many different results from this casting. I also like the results of rock salt casting, quite different, but equally dramatic. Have fun with casting.

  • Nancy Martin says:

    This is so beautiful, thank you for sharing.

  • Helen Isler says:

    This is really beautiful.

  • Truly unique and special. I love it!

  • Joanne Kane says:

    Absolutely fabulous!!!! I have always wanted to try broom casting. That is such a beautiful piece and so perfect with the seraphinite.

  • Nora says:

    Beautiful! Et totally new to me i love the suble effects and your chouce of technique perfectly fits the cabochon. Love it!

  • Deborah Rodriguez says:

    Such interesting technique and pairing the casting and that particular stone was genius. I like the description Rena used. The stone seems to reflect the casting. Very nice piece !

  • A truly happy marriage of an unusual stone and the casting. I love to find these combinations even though inspiration can be long in coming.

  • Tina Murphy says:

    You reflected the pattern in the Seraphinite perfecyly in the cast! What a beautiful setting!

  • Alysen says:

    Stunning piece, and so unique!

  • Dana Keeley says:

    Love this piece. Thank you for sharing!

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