22kt & 18kt gold
9.92ct Mexican fire opal
carved by Sherris Cottier Shank
cultured pearls - 18kt gold neckwire
4 3/4” H x 1 3/4” W x 3/4” D
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”.
View Making the "Toccata" Pendant – see the sketches and prototypes…follow the weaving sequence I used to create “Toccata”.