This showy pin is a large and dramatic piece bursting with color. Constructed entirely from brass, each flower is cleverly cold joined to the patterned dome base with a small stainless steel screw with orange enamel painted centers. Dangling below is a cast, dimensional brass bee waiting to alight. Silver soldered with a stainless steel pin stem. 2" wide.
This jewelry is made from base metals (brass, copper, nickel silver, and sterling silver) sheet and wire that is hand cut and manipulated. Each piece of CHICKENSCRATCH has been joined with silver solder for strength and durability. Many pieces incorporate clever cold-joining techniques, as well. Often various plastics, found objects and whatever other materials that strike the artists' fancy are used to create these whimsical pieces.
They have developed a unique patination process that enables us to achieve these rich colors. These are the finishes we use on the majority of the work. They also incorporate a beautiful verdigris (green) patina that has a classical appeal. The jewelry that is not finished in a patina color is often silver or 24K gold plated. In some cases, silver and gold leaf is used to accent and detail many of their pieces, as well as colored silver leafs and luminous mica powders. The artists use bright, semi-transparent enamel paints over metal elements. The paint adds bold accents of color to the more earthy tones of the patinas and metallics.
The careful choices made in finishing each piece also includes the selection of the findings. The pin back is their own design, made of stainless steel, and is hand-sharpened and sprung. This is a far superior mechanism than most out there. It is quite strong and should not come open without assistance. The most important aspect of our jewelry is the imagery. It has narrative themes based upon fables, play on words and our observations. Within most of these tales are movable elements; Free swinging legs, tongues and tails... It is this kinetic facet that gives their jewelry its charm and character. This jewelry is very accessible due to it's humorous, narrative nature and the viewers need to interact with the piece for "The Story" to be told.