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Toccata

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22kt & 18kt gold
4 3/4” H x 1 3/4” W x 3/4” D
9.92 ct Mexican fire opal carved by
Sherris Cottier Shank
cultured pearls
18kt gold neckwire

Toccata

I created “Toccata” especially for the “New West Coast Design: Jewelry + Metalwork” exhibition at Velvet daVinci Gallery (San Francisco, CA, 2008).
It started with squiggles on paper, some of which grew into sketches.  I shaped pipe cleaners to see how the curls and spirals would interact, and quickly realized that what was pleasing on paper was less so in 3 dimensions.  With more sketches, I continued to develop the design and tested a number of new elements that it would require.  Combining the final sketch and the new elements, I then wove a full-scale model in silver.   Fine-tuning the design, I overlaid a pipe cleaner on a section of the model to improve the balance and then factored the additional dimensions into the pattern.  Only then did I start weaving the gold wires to create “Toccata”.

Trace the gold with your finger, feel its texture…follow the fluid lines of the fire opal with your eyes, feel the cool gem…experience the movement.

View Making the Toccata Pendant – see the sketches and prototypes…follow the weaving sequence I used to create “Toccata”.