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Cold Journey Pendant by CosmicFolklore Cold Journey Pendant by CosmicFolklore
Cold Journey: sterling silver, copper, 14k, Amethyst Sage Agate, white USA topaz.

This one was cast is sterling silver and then fabricated. I have been playing around with steam casting, and it is the perfect process for single run casts.

But, setting those side tubular stones was a bear. I had to recut the left side four times. I kept snapping them as I twisted the copper bands to set the stone completely.
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CrysallisCreations Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow.....

just.... wow....

:clap: amazing as always!!! :heart:
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Thanks,
This one was a bugger for me. But, I will probably make a few more using this double tube-shaped stones to perfect this process. Plus, I really like working with these topaz stones. I just have to make sure the metal behind them stays clean and protected from tarnish :)

Thanks again.
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CrysallisCreations Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
ah... but it's worth all the labor and pain Michael!! :heart:

btw... I'm featuring that opal ring you've submitted to JC :giggle:
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Thanks!!! I will tell Lora, she will be excited to be wearing a ring that is featured :) I will send her a link to it.

Thanks again!!!
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CrysallisCreations Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
you're most welcome!!! :D
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moonbeebz Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like how you've used two pillars there's some archetypical folklore somewhere about that, I seem to remember.
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
Well, there are versions of the Atlas stories where Hercules tricked Atlas into holding up the world, and there are versions where the world was propped up by two pillars. I am sure there are others, but I can't recall what they were. :)

Thanks
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moonbeebz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Um, the two pillars Joachim and Boaz [link]
from Solomon's temple...
interesting
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
Cool, and related to Solomon at that.
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TheLadyPope Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
I love this piece so much I want to marry it. :love:

Seriously tho. Smashing work. Well done! I cant say enough!
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
LOL, thank you, it is looking for a long-term commitment. I'm not, but the pendant is, LOL.

Thanks again :)
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TheLadyPope Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
No problem :D
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wibbledile Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
It is so beautifull! I just love the different textures ! BTW... steam casting???
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Thank you
Yes, steam casting is probably one of the oldest lost wax processes. [link] is a great site for more info, and I posted a blog on it on my blog at [link] It is perfect for single run one-of-a-kind pieces. It gives me more dense results without porosity issues because the pressure is 10x's greater than vacuum. Plus, I can go from wax to silver in under 24 hours (actually 8 hours is possible). And, I haven't (knock on wood) blown out a flask yet. :)

Check out steam casting, I have since put my vacuum set-up into storage, since you don't want to vacuum the investment with this process. This makes the investment too dense for air or steam to pass through it.

Thanks again :)
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wibbledile Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
That is so awesome! And you dont need serious casting equipment to do that! Thanks for the links! :dance:
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KirkaLovesJewels Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
I cant breathe! :eyepopping:
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
OH no!!!
Breathe, breathe, breathe

And, thank you :)
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KirkaLovesJewels Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
lol....sure i will :)... and you're welcome!
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miraeko Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Wow, I love this. It really makes me wish I could get back in to metal smithing. I miss creating meaningful things from stones and metal. :{
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Thank you,
Yes, you should do metal and stones :) It is a lot of fun as well. But, you do have some very nice photographs and drawings.
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harlewood Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008   Artisan Crafter
great design and use of materials, those columns of tubular stone give this piece a real feeling of antiquity with a deeper meaning that hovers just below the subconscious.
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CosmicFolklore Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Thank you,
Yes, it is a design that was on the tip of my brain for a while. When this stone is slabbed, it looks like snow dunes with little tufts of grass sticking out, but I resisted the impulse to make use of the snowscapes. And, I was thrilled with the way these look as tubes. I had originally planned for a ruby to top off the design. But, I had some great white topaz that a dear friend cut for me. I think it adds that twinkle of a star on the night of the first winter freeze, and with weeks poured into this one, I finished it on the night of our first snow.
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