Burnt Offerings

The inspiration for this series is the ancient custom of offering an object in tribute to the gods. In this instance the offering is burnt – made by the use of fire. The pendants, earrings and bracelets are the result of torch heating (fire) two different metals to their melting point so that the metals co-mingle. This process, called fusion, is not predictable nor is the result. Each piece is unique, an original, which is to my mind a most fitting tribute.

The Burnt Offerings pieces are all made of sterling silver fused with reticulated brass. The process by which the brass is reticulated also uses fire. The torch is used to heat the brass until the inner metal begins to run and the outer layer, the so called skin, begins to wrinkle as the torch flame is moved across the surface of the metal. The resulting pieces of brass have a beautiful finish with unique hills and valleys on each.

Fused, reticulated sterling silver and brass pendant with pietersite.
  Fused, reticulated sterling silver and brass pendant with a blue zircon tube setting.
  Small disk (3/8 inch) earrings of fused sterling and reticulated brass.
Fused, reticulated sterling silver and brass pendant with pietersite.   Fused, reticulated sterling silver and brass pendant with a blue zircon tube setting.  

Small disk (3/8 inch) earrings of fused sterling and reticulated brass.

Photo courtesy of LLK Photography

         
Elongated earrings of fused sterling and reticulated brass.   Large Pietersite stone is the focal point for this pendant of fused sterling and reticulated brass. Pietersite from Namibia has a magic, holographic quality that is a perfect match for this offering to the “gods”.    

Elongated earrings of fused sterling and reticulated brass.

Photo courtesy of LLK Photography

 

Large Pietersite stone is the focal point for this pendant of fused sterling and reticulated brass. Pietersite from Namibia has a magic, holographic quality that is a perfect match for this offering to the "gods".

Photo courtesy of LLK Photography