Wildlife of the North - Bisonsold:)
sterling silver, heat torched copper, shrink film, polymer clay, acrylic paint, bison horn
4.5cm x 2cm x1cm
I live in the middle of Wood Buffalo National Park and the GNWT Environment & Renewable Resources Department has done many bison studies over the years. At one point a local carver was given a number of bison horns, which I was lucky enough to have shared with me.
A soft polishing cloth to keep the silver tarnish free should be the only thing needed.
Chris’ designs, artworks, and jewelry creations are greatly inspired by nature and her northern surroundings. The design, elements and media used in many of her pieces are taken directly from nature. Jewelry materials range from silver, semi-precious gems, hand-made glass beads, polymer clay, bison horn to ancient mammoth ivory
and is constantly expanding.
This recent work she made is meant to be worn, but also intended be an interesting object when off the body. She thinks of this jewelry as small sculptures. The materials used in these earrings are sterling silver, copper, polymer clay, shrink film and acrylic paint. First cutting out copper disks, doming them and soldering to create ‘lentil’ beads and cutting them in half to create the bottom pieces. She filled them with polymer clay to provide the base for the animal to sit on and the sterling wires to be mounted in. The mammoth ivory, bison horn and muskox horn were created using a plug cutter, then set in a sterling bezel cup with silver wire soldered on to attach the two pieces together and sanded to a high polish. Images of the animals were printed on sanded shrink film, baked to reduce the size and glue to the base.