I'm always inspired by the ravens and crows who reside in the grounds of Broughton Castle and they've been the catalysts for a lot of my raven pieces. My latest pendant is no exception.
I wanted this piece to be called 'Dark Raven' so I wanted a really strong design, lots of deep but colourful stones and as dark a patina as I could get.
I worked on giving the wings a sense of movement - in as much as you can get flat silver sheet to suggest some anyway :)
I hope I achieved a sense of wind blowing through feathers as he soars high in the sky....
I chose my stones carefully. I wanted deep colours but also a good range that reflects the beautiful range you see in a raven's plumage. A raven can appear totally black, but in close up the glossy iridescence of their plumage actually shows hints of purple, blue and even red.
I sometimes wish the mottled colours after soldering and before pickling could be a permanent patina...
All finished and I think he looks pretty resplendent in his gemstone finery...... befitting Broughton Castle l hope :)
If you are interested in this piece, he is available you can find more info on him HERE