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Following the Yellow Brick Road

22K Jewelry

Some of you may remember the song " Follow the Yellow Brick Road" from the movie the "Wizard of Oz".  The story from the book written by L. Frank Baum takes place in my state of Kansas and the imaginary land of Oz.  The main character, Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are told by the good witch to follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz who can help them find their way back home to Kansas.
I've recently been following my own yellow brick road by creating little pieces of the prairie in yellow gold.  It's been what has kept me occupied during the coronavirus stay-at-home orders.  

I spent much of January through March of this year learning to ally and work with 22k gold using ancient classical goldsmithing techniques.  I've combined this with modern techniques to create some of my prairie pieces in a buttery gold.

Classical goldsmithing techniques require alloying of 24k gold into 22k using traces of fine silver, cooper, and a lot of fire.



I ended up with 22k gold blobs that needed to be made into something useful to make my prairie pieces.  



With some hammering of the metal and working with some modern metalsmithing tools, I created some sheet and wire.


And, with a little sweat and Oz magic, I then have a pair of earrings with granulation.  Mix in a couple of rose-cut black diamonds and two moons textured with Kentucky bluegrass, I come up with a glimpse of the night prairie sky.  Bright like a starry night under the wide-open sky of the prairie.  I find myself back home.


Follow the rainbow over the stream
Follow the fellow who follows a dream
Follow, follow, follow, follow
Follow the yellow brick road...


My goal is to create quality pieces that preserve our prairie in precious metals to be enjoyed for generations and to point the heart toward home.


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