This piece is one in a 4 part series I’ve created using naturally shed deer antlers along side amazing high quality raw crystal specimens. This one is incredible. The main cluster is a hybrid of apophyllite, quartz, and calcite. This type of stone is very hard to use in my method of making so this piece was formed from a true labor of love. The cluster has dimension and all the tiny crystal points reflect light beautifully. The stone on the bottom is a Lodolite, which is a type of quartz with special inclusions - it is also known as garden quartz.
The pieces in this collection are completely wearable but are also art pieces and should be treated and stored with care.
How Its Made: Each stone is handpicked to meet my high standards, and is then carefully positioned with special attention paid to color, gemstone flash, angle, and how it will hang on the body. Ring bands and many other connective parts are hand formed and are then sculpted onto the stone with a permanent epoxy. In the areas where I would like metal to be, I paint each piece with an electrically conductive paint. The next step is to put a removable, protective covering on all stones. The necklace will then go through a process where it is submerged into an acid bath and the areas with the conductive paint will begin to grow a super strong layer of 100% pure copper. This growth process takes 12 - 36 hours for each piece, and I am sure to make adjustments along the way. After this is done, each piece is one by one hand polished, cleaned, oxidized, polished again, and then given a clear protective coating. After they are all dry and finished, they are ready to be added to high quality, beautiful chains :)