D6 Metal Clay with a Copper Alloy

Copper and silver pendant by Julia Rai

Submitted to the Registry evaluators - August 2010

This piece is quite large. I love the shape so I made the silver element, embedded an Oregon sunstone and then cut the copper and added a heat patina. The two pieces are joined together with stilt rivets. I liked it but the evaluators decided not to score it.

Here’s what they said…

​“Fails to take advantage of materials and techniques. She should be way past this sort of clumsy flat design.” Ouch, that stung!

​Starting again!

City Brooch by Julia Rai
Cities Brooch by Julia Rai

Re-submitted to the Registry evaluators - September 2017​

This brooch is one of my favourite pieces. The texture is from an etching I made and features a cityscape in the round. You can see it at the bottom of this page.

I made a tear away texture of the printed etching and used this to make the front piece. I chose elements of the design to make apertures through which you can see the copper sheet sandwiched between the front and back pieces.

The copper was etched using ferric chloride to produce a design that could be coloured.

Here are the scores:-

​Design – 5 out of 5
Craftsmanship – 2.5 out of 2.5
Finish – 2.5 out of 2.5

​Full marks. Very happy with that.

Here are the comments from the evaluators.

“Excellent! This is a beautiful design! Obviously well thought out. The requirements of the project have been met.”

​”The design is complete, with great attention being paid to the contrast of the finishes, repetition of the outside edge design, good riveting, good strength, even texture on the back of the piece is attended to.”​

“The piece is hefty but would look fabulous on a heavy coat or jacket lapel.”

I’m so glad they liked it – I love it!

Here is the project description from the Masters Registry website:-

​D6 Metal Clay and a Copper Alloy

Combine metal clay with copper or a copper alloy that has been worked by
the candidate. This could include brass, bronze, shakudo or shibuichi, etc.

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