“Sing” is a collaboration between my husband and I. One day, he took a break from turning bowls and vases and hand-turned a little disc of wood. He handed it to me and asked, “Can you do something with this?” This is my ‘something’. I spent time thinking about the harmony between the wood, the metal and the imagery.
I started with the focal image, a sweet bird, that was pressed into raw copper and domed ever-so sightly to fit in the bottom of the turned disc. I stamped “SING” into a copper washer with a metal stamp and soldered it onto the copper bird. I textured and hand-cut a leaf shape out of raw copper, once again impressing a bird image to echo the focal image. I then hand painted a branch with cherry blossoms onto the wood. Of course, the wood is cherry!
The central image is firmly adhered to the wood, and the pendant bail is connected to the wood via a little brass nut and bolt. It’s strung onto an 18″ adjustable leather cord. The central image and the wood have been sealed, but the bail has been antiqued and left to continue to patina. The wood has not been stained so the natural beauty can shine through.
This original design was a labor of love and inspiration. I thought about how the wood, the imagery and design could work harmoniously.