Thursday, April 9, 2009

What's the BACK got to do with it?

Well... if you ask me... it has everything to do with it.
So often this question comes up. How do I finish the backs of my Friendly Plastic pieces. Here is a wonderful option to consider. COPPER... Amaco has a great line of metal products, copper being one of them. I have used their medium weight copper as a backing for some of my pendants with amazing results. The copper is easy to cut with scissors, no need for shears, punch holes with a 1/16" hole punch with out a problem and it can be easily hammered to create texture. You can heat it to create some wonderful color variations, antique, and patina it. The possibilities are endless.

Here are a few pieces that have been textured and have had Sophisticated Finishes patina green antiquing solution applied.

These were finished with Liver of sulfur. I love the dark aged effect, it works great with the aged brass filigree components I am so fond of. Along side them are the coordinating Friendly Plastic pieces with my Splash technique (alcohol inks) applied.

Just take a look at how Fabulous your finished pieces can look.
I am sure you have heard this before, but it is worth repeating, because I think it is the most important thing to remember if you are designing jewelry for retail...WOULD I WEAR THIS! I try to design each piece of jewelry as if I were creating it for myself. This way I always strive for perfection and the WoW factor. If you want to get top dollar for your work, then the back really is as important as the front.

Here is a look at the back. One is finished with a patina and the other is finished with liver of sulfur. Both have that aged and worn effect. If you prefer a cleaner look for a more contemporary piece, then leaver the copper natural. Take some time to play with different finishes and effects. Jen Lowe has a great blog post showing several effects that she experimented with. You may want to take a look.

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