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Tanzanite Roses Project

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 19, 2012, 8:37 AM


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We'd like to share some of the process images from our custom "Tanzanite Roses" (recycled) 18k gold necklace. This piece was made as an anniversary gift for a very special client. He had purchased this incredible 24 carat tanzanite gemstone over 10 years ago and wanted it set into the perfect pendant for his wife. We were all very happy with the result. My design work and Mark's skills in hand-engraving worked very well in this collaboration.

This piece was fabricated with hand engraving techniques, piercing and connected using rivets. The pendant is a hollow box-style piece, made to accommodate and protect the height of the extraordinary tanzanite gemstone. The hand engraving alone on this piece took about 100 hours. The front of the piece holds 3 tube-set blue diamonds and the back has 3 white diamond accents. The pierced heart on the back of the piece acts as a viewer to the very center~ the heart~ of the gemstone. Everything on this piece was hand-fabricated~ down to the 18k chain and gemstone prong setting. we did not fabricated our own tubing or sheet for this job.

Jessica's hand-drawn templates for piercing and hand-engraving.
FINAL Eaton Rose 3x5"
Tracing Back Center Eaton Rose 3x3"

Process photos showing various stages of the hand engraving process.
Mark removed metal from the base using gravers, then stippled the base  with gravers for achieving both contrast and a clean surface. Our client wanted the gold base blackened for even more contrast. We had never blackened gold with anything other than enamel and it was an interesting learning experience. The edging to the box pendant as well as the bail were hand engraved with the same vine rose theme. The front plate, back plate and box edge were all attached using rivets.
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24 carat Tanzanite 1

Hand engraved "M/J" signature/18k gold "stamp"~
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View from above~
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Final Pics~
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Tanzanite Pendant Project 5

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Side 2 showing the heart view-finder to the center of the gem~
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1976TORNADO Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Excellent work, you can be proud of!
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ZaeavYeelell Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to add one more drop to the pail: This is stunning! Unbelievably beautiful!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!:)
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is amazing! :love:

It came together beautifully. It's amazing to see how a piece like this starts out as a sketch on paper and slowly becomes the finished piece. Thank you for sharing. :)
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's funny from inside my head to completion as well:) I had @ a year and a half from the start doing the sterling silver version and then thinking about all the ways I can improve it and do it a lot better. I learned a lot doing the trial and learned even more on the final piece:)
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
The projects where you really learn a lot and grow are the best. :)
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PMCWorks Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a fantastic, well crafted piece. A lot of skill involved for sure. You work is an inspiration to get better at my craftsmanship.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This was our first major piece doing this kind of engraving. I upgraded my equipment to a PC Lindsay Classic Airgraver and it made such a huge difference in my quality of work. It became a lot easier to do smaller details and control the blade as it cuts through the metal. I highly recommend his engraving tools to anyone serious about learning this art.
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Eyes-Freak-17 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The wife must be extremely happy XD
Just WoW :squee:
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
He said she was speechless for a bit. The funny thing was, he didn't even see the final piece himself before he gave it to her. He saw process photo's just before it was finished. He said he wanted to see it through her eyes:) He said the reaction from her was priceless:)
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cl2007 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)
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metalsmitten Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
awesome craftsmanship. if you don't mind my asking, what did you end up using to blacken the gold?
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I ended up using Grobet's Antiquing solution. When I started looking for things to use recommended by other engravers I had three favorites. A sharpie marker, Testors flat black enamel for models and Grobet's Antiquing solution. I gave all three a trial run to see which one I would like best. Sharpie has this purplish look I can't stand when it's on things other than paper. The Testors paint wasn't as durable or as good looking once applied to the metal as the Grobet product. It took me a full day to perfect using Grobet's solutions and another to do it on the actual piece.
If I ever do another piece that I add black to gold it will probably be through plating the gold in the areas I want to turn black:)
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metalsmitten Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks :) i had tried a different brand of a similar thing to the grobet product, but found that it flaked off the metal... i wonder if it was an inferior brand or if i did something wrong... hmm. maybe i'll hunt down the grobet version and see.

thanks!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
One thing that's really important is to make sure the metal surface is absolutely clean before you apply the product. The stippled surface also holds the solution really well.
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metalsmitten Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
i think the stippling may be where i went wrong. i had my entire piece polished to a smooth high shine, with no stippling, and the antiquing stuff just flaked off that.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sanding the surface would also help and it would be a lot quicker than stippling for some things:)
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metalsmitten Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
it's tricky, though, because i'm wanting to use it for darkening stamped lettering. i can't sand inside the stamping depressions, if that makes sense =/
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's the one thing I really like about silver is you can just oxidize it instead of going through all of this.
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gravity-and-space Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks:)
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crazygirl47 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
This piece is absolutely wonderful! I love the idea and symbolism of the heart viewing window. You both did spectacular work!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was surprised I was able to line the stones culet area so perfectly to the center of the heart and it stayed perfect even when the stone was done being set:) I think this is the most pleased I've ever been with one of our completed pieces:)
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Terabetha Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student General Artist
I am super impressed with your engraving skills, I had thought this was done mechanically or etched when I first saw it!
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This was the first fully engraved piece we've done. Almost every piece up to this point has been really simple engraving. I was most surprised by how long it took even when I thought I was moving at a really good pace.
Thanks for checking it out:)
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RacieB Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
That turned out unbelievably beautiful :o
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jessa1155 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! We had a blast making it... it was dreamy to work with such a fabulous gem!
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