Nautilus Locket, necklace by Melina Castro.
From the artist’s website:
“The front of this locket features a layer of sterling silver and a layer of textured copper spiraled together to create a seashell look. On top of the copper, eleven brass circles of different sizes spiral around the center. The top of the locket is riveted to the bottom and swivels around 360°.
The bottom is made out of heavy gauge silver making this piece solid and sturdy. A picture can be placed inside the locket and will be hold in place by three little silver balls. Or it can be left empty to reveal the beautiful textured background. This piece is unique and it is truly a collector’s piece!
I make each piece of jewelry by hand using traditional metal smithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, riveting, stamping, soldering and forming. I take pictures of textures I find in nature and transfer them to the metal with an elaborate process called photo etching. With the use of patinas I give the pieces its rustic-earthy look and weather-worn appearance. All pieces are signed.”
Width: 1″ 3/4 not including bail. Add 1/4″ for the bail.
Chain length: 17″ with 5″ extension chain.
Weight: 1.5 oz not including the chain.
Materials – Sterling silver, textured copper and antiquated brass.
Techniques – hand cut, stamped, formed, hammer, textured, soldered, riveted, tarnished.
Learn more about Melina and her artistic process here.