I’ve been toying with this idea for ages, but the Spring 2011 trend of clashing patterns spurred me on to design this series of pendants that can be worn on either side! The handmade silver bales can be easily taken off the chain and turned the other way, making it extremely easy to change the look of your jewellery whenever you feel like it.
Making double sided pendants ended up being way more complicated than I thought it would be: with all of the image transfers, there’s a certain margin of error I have to build in, because for reasons I still haven’t managed to figure out, the image transferring process doesn’t always work. So when you take the normal margin of error for a single side and double it, it takes several tries to get a plaster pendant with good transfers on both sides. Once I’ve managed to get both sides to transfer well, I then have to undertake the risky task of drilling a hole into this hard material: if the piece overheats while it’s drilled, it can flake off large sections or even shatter! If the piece manages to have good images on it AND make it through the drilling process, it then has to survive being lasered: I use the laser welder to weld a silver bar through the plaster piece for added strength and security.
Because these pieces are so complicated and have so many things that can go wrong during their production, I have decided to make a limited number of these, with each one being one-of-a-kind.
I’m taking these as part of a new collection of pieces that I am exhibiting at the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate next weekend (April 3-5)
Once the British Craft Trade Fair is finished, I’ll be making a few more double-sided pieces to add to this series, but I think I’ll stop at ten pieces. It’s a bit crazy to think that right now there are only three double-sided plaster pendants in the WORLD (at least as far as I know! I’ve done really extensive market research and can’t find anyone else who does image transfers on plaster).
I’ll also do a blog about the British Craft Trade Fair, as I’ve never done a trade fair before. I’m really looking forward to seeing what it’s like, as I would never have done a trade fair if it weren’t for Design Space (<- guest article I wrote about the studio collective I’m a part of)
It’s a busy time for Miriam Rowe Jewellery, but I’m really excited about all the new things that I’ve made and I would love to hear what you think of these double sided pendants!