'Christmas Elk' hand painted enamel pendant Art Jewelry
I call this piece 'Christmas Elk' but truly he reminds me more of a petroglyph cave painting. I have been experimenting with painting on enamels and it is a whole new process. Believe me when I say , it is much easier to paint on canvas. I do like the way this one turned out and again, it is a one of a kind piece. Things like this are impossible to duplicate exactly and this is the first one I tried like this. The chain is aprox 22" in L.
The chain: Every link to this chain I have formed and cut out of aluminum. I used aluminum for two reasons, 1 it is so lightweight so the pendant will not weigh you down and 2 because is it a non tarnishing, non- reactive metal and will always keep its shine. The chain is 24" and is adjustable by where you hook the hook into the chain.
I love working with enamels! Some people say it is a flashback to the sixties. I was too young then to experience that and fell in love with them just recently. All my enamels are kiln fired. This is a process of melting glass onto the metal and it takes a minimum of three to four firings up tp 20 firings of each piece to achieve the color layers. Before you even start with that, there is the cutting of the shapes, the sanding of the metal and then the cleaning of the metal, all before you start with to add the color. It is a time intensive process.
Created in my Appalachian Studio in the heart of WV. Each piece is handcrafted to the perfection of the artist's eye, made by International Jewelry Designer Christine Keller of Chrizart Creations. It is made with all the love and good energy I can possibly put into a piece.