Ballooning over the Desert in Cave Creek – Rustic Southwestern Theme from Arizona
Venturing into handcrafting with local themes and scenes here in the Southwest, this rustic desert necklace features ballooning over the desert with a Saguaro Cactus and rugged rocky mountains in sterling silver with a brass balloons and an 8 mm moonstone fused to a copper backing medallion. Each element is sawed entirely by hand using a fine fret saw and outlined with a dark patina to create a transition between each metal.
► The copper medallion measures approximately 1.3 inches in diameter and hangs from an adjustable US sourced black leather cord with slip knots. Ball chains and sterling silver link chains are also available upon request.
►To personalize your medallion with engraving on the backside such as names and dates for those creative gift ideas, simply enter your requests in the checkout notes.
►The necklace was handmade by sawing the cacti and mountains from 18 gauge sterling silver, the brass balloons from 20 gauge brass, pressing the medallion disc from 17 gauge hard copper, and adding a precious stone cup to hold the moonstone. Using an acetylene torch and sterling silver solder, the balloons, cacti and mountains, and cup were sweat soldered to the copper backing disc before applying a dark patina. Extensive polishing allows the grooves along with transitional boundaries to remain dark for added contrast that also serves to create dimension.