When I was setting the piece up for photographing, I began tweaking each of the panels so that it was lined up perfectly. Doh! - as if you would want to do that every couple of minutes when wearing it.
I also suspect that the idea of super-gluing it to your chest so it stays perfectly in place won't go down too well either. No? Thought not.
So, I just tipped my photography bust forward and let the pieces fall into place naturally. That's what you are seeing, so now you know what it will really look like on.
I felt that it would not be right to use a bought-in clasp for a piece like this, so I designed one to fit with the rest of it. Here's a shot from the back.
I have always found that understated elegance is the most alluring. Think Audrey Hepburn or Claudia Cardinale. OK, I'm showing my age, but I know that they would look great whether dressed in Chanel or Levis.
So would this striking piece.
When I first made it, I spent ages polishing the silver panels to a lustrous shine. But I have to confess that, frankly, it just looked gaudy. So, I got out my matting mop, and applied the soft brushed finish that you see now. I think that this is my favourite piece to date.
There are 30 panels in all, each one sawn from a sheet of solid silver. They are 0.5mm thick - enough to make them strong, but not too heavy. Still, the whole piece weighs more than 35g. It would have been more but for the oval cut-outs. Are you wondering what happened to the ovals? That would be telling.
Hopefully you will see how I designed the panels and oval cut-outs to radiate outward from a common point. Each panel is individually linked to its neighbour so that the curves flow around the piece. All mathematically precise...... but I think that's what gives the piece its chic.
The frosted surface will need a clean now and then. I would recommend using a clean dip. Take a look at my page on Silver & Caring For It.