This bracelet brought me a great deal of pleasure. It is not often that I get the chance to do a piece of such scale. The acorn and oak leaf motif is a touch stone motif. Henry (touch-stone?) Explain Over the years I have refined both the perimeter shapes and the interior detail and finish. Looking over the evolution of this design form in my work serves as a precise record of my evolving abilities and artistic expression.
The first stage in developing any piece of chased work is always distressing. (stressful for me) I always feel that the piece will never get to the desired end. Everything looks too coarse and unable to be refined.
At this point I begin to believe that I am able to live up to my abilities, and find myself working in such an intense state that nothing else really affects me except the desire to bring the piece up to the next level of detail.
The conclusion of the first full pass brings the piece up to an irrevocable stage. What forms have been created cannot be altered but the overall finish and reflective quality can be improved or changed.
The final stages of bending and re-establishing depth are both worrisome and worthwhile as I can see the end in sight. At this point, I either like the piece or I do not, which of course can set the tone for how the piece progresses. I really liked this one at this stage. The final stage of work is over-all refinement of the reflective qualities of the piece. I have found high karat gold to be a bit of a problem (visual challenge) because the un-oxidized reflections tend to mask the subtle details. This piece was well worth the angst and hours that went into its creation