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Elven Knot by Ellygator Elven Knot by Ellygator
(2008) 2"x 2.5" for the silver pendant including bail, 19" for the overall length of the necklace.

Art Clay Silver (cut, sculpted, fired and patinaed), silver bezel wire, pure silver wire, banded agate cab, opalescent enamel, 22 gauge sterling silver wire and silver finding for the clasp of the necklace

I carved this design into a flat piece of Art Clay Silver, fired it, added the bezel to hold the central agate and then enameled all of the recessed areas with opalescent enamel. I then set the stone, antiqued and polished the silver and added the bail.

The enamel was a recent acquisition and has the most amazing pale blue over ochre shimmer, especially in direct sunlight, where it truly looks like liqid opal has flown over the pendant and pooled among the knotwork.
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:iconelfie15:
elfie15 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
this is so pritty

I love things that are all elvish like this
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Me too!
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:iconelfie15:
elfie15 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
you're welcome...I'd love to be able to make stuff like that.
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Otakuprincess Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008
Love the chain. Is it full persian?
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, I get sooooo much mileage out of it. Wear it with nearly all my pendants.
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primulatook Featured By Owner May 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
such a lovely piece...the detail is beautiful!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really love this piece for everyday wear, it's subtle, understated and elegant. And I know better how to carve outlines for enameling now. I used to smooth them down, but that's not the way to go...
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AlasterLover Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
AWESOME JOB, ELLY!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! So glad you like it!
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AlasterLover Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
*shakes head* I do not like it...I LOVE IT!
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:iconpinkpanthress:
PinkPanthress Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Hell... how I missed looking at your fabulous Jewelry! This instantly made me think of the North and Elves!! :+fav:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It certainly has a bit of a Scandinavian vibe, too...
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:iconpinkpanthress:
PinkPanthress Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
You are most welcome. :aww:
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:iconareejzorz:
areejzorz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
so cute
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:iconerilisvampyre:
ErilisVampyre Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
Beautiful. Quite worthy of the High-elven.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Very lovely, beautifully presented in the photo too.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I just photograph on the patio outside, but I seem to be getting better results with more experience...
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:iconharlewood:
harlewood Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008   Artisan Crafter
a lovely pendant with nice subtle colours!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I will definitely experiment more with this enamel.
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lyanyne Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Wow, that's really stunning! It's nice to see Agate being used in fine jewelry for a change, it really is unusual and is so perfect for the soft elegance of the design!
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lyanyne Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
Wow, that's really stunning! It's nice to see Agate being used in fine jewelry for a change, it really is unusual and is so perfect for the soft elegance of the design!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And yeah, agate seems a neglected stone at the moment. It used to be big for signet rings in ancient Rome and during Renaissance times.
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lyanyne Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008
True. We should bring it back! It certainly has the advantage of being affordable! ;P
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:iconwindestaenzerin:
Windestaenzerin Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really beautiful :-)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
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Faeriedivine Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
OMG! This is perfect!!! :love: I love the design!!! :heart:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was so weird - this one came out of a doodle I did during a really long-winded phone call with my Mum.
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Faeriedivine Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
haha what an inspiration! :D
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externa Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
Very elven, very beautiful)))
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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lotusthefallen Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
YAY! More silver! :hug: :love: It's gorgeous... *Looks at boyfriend and bats eyes*
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! Thank you!
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RipItUpGenki Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely Beautiful!!!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconde-la-montagne:
de-la-montagne Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:O :O :O :O I LOVE THIS NECKLACE!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
wow what an absolutely stunning piece! :clap:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it.
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rawenna Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2008
Love the pattern!!! And the colour are beautiful!! Great work!!!! :clap:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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RLPT07IDN Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
^_^Hi! nice work!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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roseredautumn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
oh, so gorgeous. if I owned this, it would never leave my person.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's a nice piece to wear for spring.
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Mooncat650 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
WOW - that is absolutely gorgeous! Someday I'm going to learn to work with silver clay, and I hope that I can do half as well as you do. Thank you for showing this to us. M
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! And yes, I hope you get to work with Silver Clay. It's such a versatile material.
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immortaldesigns Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:faint: The colours are just beautiful and the flowing designs just makes me think of water. This is really stunning! I love the details on the bail, really adds to the overall piece. Have you ever tried making your own clasps?
The persian chain works so well for this, It has a nice interlocking flow that mimics the knot work on the pendant.

May I ask what ID you used for your Full Persian chain and do you saw cut you rings? (Yes I know, bloody maillers! :P ) Some of your rings look to be pulling apart near the top of the chain, altho that might just be the image. I find FP to be a touchy weave to use when you have alot of weight hanging from it. Perhaps a Roundmaille or a Jens Pind would be able to hold more weight and still keep the flowing, interlocking tight round look if you ever made a larger pendant or for your panel clay work.

Oh sorry for the long comment.. i've got to stop doing that!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
No, actually this is cool, because I'd have to say from the perspective of maturity of tools and knowledge maille is probably my weakest area. For one I only use wire snippers to cut the rings and knitting needels for mandrels around which I hand-wrap - none of it too sophisticated. I think my wire for this particular necklace was a 22 gauge and I used a size 5 knitting needle, so the rings are kind of weak for the diameter and gauge size. I guess the tight weave compensates a little, but still I've had one or two failures where I had to replace and re-close rings.
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