While I continue to explore the creation of hand fabricated botanical jewelry, I endeavored to make a honeysuckle blossom. The hummingbirds are gregariously feasting, and the scent of the flowers make me swoon.
This project was my first attempt at making a tubular plant, a puzzle indeed. I decided on a stair-step approach, as you can see in my photo journal below.
I wonder...what might you have done differently if given this challenge?
Here is what I did: a honeysuckle blossom.
I started with 3 different sizes of seamless sterling silver tubes, sawing about 1/4" piece off each.
I then fit the tubes together, almost like a stair-step. One fit into the next perfectly.
I then soldered each of the seams together.
In the meantime, I sawed out these tho shapes for the petals/stamen...
...and used a straight edge hammer to give them texture and shape.
I soldered them to the tubes.
I inserted five 1" pieces of 28 gauge wire, twisted the bottom ends together and soldered them into the tube to hold them in place.
The rest is self explanatory, maybe. Check out the pictures below and you'll see how I finished off the pendant.
What do you think you would have done differently?