I started a new metalsmithing project today. I had this wonderful fossil fern in my collection that I have been wanting to use but just didnt know how...until last night. When I flipped it over it reminded me of a plant pot, so that's the direction I'm going.
The fern will be set in brass and a brooch affixed to the back. Coming off the top of the piece will be three pieces of sterling wire to which each bezel-set stone will be set. The garnet, citrine and peridot will be the flowers and I may even make tiny leaves to attach to the stems.
I created the three bezels today but the garnet bezel needs to be stretched further. I'll pick back up with this project in two weeks since I have the Birchwood show on Wednesday. This will be a fun and challenging piece and I can't wait to work on it more!