Seedpods are a secret love of mine. I collect them and many different kinds line my window sill. I love to make them out of metal clay
This bronze seedpod started out with bronze clay wrapped around a wax shape that was covered in saran wrap. After the clay dried, I pulled out the wax through a hole I made for the bale. The center seeds are thin steel circles that were placed over the bronze layer. I painted veins on the sides and back with bronze slip (thinned bronze clay), sanded and let the piece dry.
The bronze clay was fired in activated charcoal in a 2 stage process and I always hold my breath when I remove a fired piece from the kiln several hours later. Did the clay sinter (did it fuse into metal?) or will I need to fire it again? This time the clay did sinter except for one steel circle which got lost in the charcoal.
After polishing my seedpod, I reviewed my choices. I could leave the hole open or I could make another circle to fill the hole and fire the whole thing again. I could figure out another way to fill the hole. I waited and I thought and I experimented. Then I ordered a silver stone setting, took another deep breath and soldered it to the open space hoping it would give the appearance of a special seed. It worked! I was so surprised and pleased, I did a happy dance! Into the setting went the orange faceted CZ and I love the result.
What do you think?