Susan McDonough Jewelry
Alexander, NC USA
I became fascinated to the point of obsession with the Etruscan process of Granulation over a decade ago. Granulation involves tiny spheres formed under heat through colloidal adhesion, precisely placed on a prepared surface of the same material then fused with a torch. From the creation of the granules and sheet, the cleaning and surface preparation of the components to the fusing of the bezels and granules to the actual joining of the pieces, many hours of work can be made or lost in a millisecond with the flash of the gold at fusing temperature. Jewelry fabrication is great if you love to problem solve and I do! I "grew up" in Asheville, NC and was classically educated with a degree in Philosophy in NM, then spent the past 18 years in Maine melting things and obsessing over stones. Having recently moved back to the mountains of WNC I plan on making pretty things and using lots of tools. I find inspiration in nature, space specifically - the movement of the planets and ce lestial bodies fascinate me.
Materials: 18k gold, Ruby and Emerald cabochons
Dimensions: 2mm x 14mm
Ruy and Emerald cabochons bezel set in fabricated rings of 18k gold
Photo credit: Susan McDonough