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Miriel by Ellygator Miriel by Ellygator
(2006) 18" length from end to end. Silver Art Clay, liver of sulphur, faceted labradorite beads, round garnet beads, 22 and 20 gauge silver wire, Bali silver, silver findings and silver beads, fireline.

Unlike my previous silver clay designs where I used moulds, I made this pendant from scratch, starting with a flat panel of clay and cutting out the basic shape and the spare areas inside. After drying I took a file to the whole thing, smoothed all the edges and carved out the "over-under" of the knotwork panel. The amount of control you have this way is much better than using moulds. Also you produce much lighter pieces. I will definitely work more in this manner.

After firing, blackening and polishing I gently bent and connected the panels and attached the strung necklace components with the gemstone and silver beads.

This is another LOTR inspired piece, however I felt the more floral design was not quite as light and elvish as "Zaphiria" [link] and so I used the heavier and darker labradorite and garnet.
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TerrasChains Featured By Owner May 12, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible images!! I love it!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It's still one of my most favorite silver clay projects.
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robostorm Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Out of curiosity... how much would you sell such a piece for because I absolutely love this.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Something like that would be around $250, mostly these days because of material costs, silver clay is just absurdly expensive. You could pretty much calculate 1 gram for 1$ when I stared. Now it's more like $2.50 or even $3...
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KKellenor Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Do you sell your pieces?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I do. If a certain thing in my gallery is no longer availabe (gifted or sold) I am also happy to work on making a replica or something similar. Just note me if you'd like to ask about a piece or commission one.
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Redhead-Mandy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was one of my first projects, and it's still one of my favorites that I made. I am glad you like it.
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Peter-The-Knotter Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
all those silver spacers should overpower the thing... but they don't! One of my favs of yours too... P.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to confess, it's mine, too. Which is kind of dispiriting, since it was one of my first pieces, and somehow it's always more satisfying to start low and then improve...
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2BORN02B Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Delicately beautiful. Great job, Elly!!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! It was one of my first pieces and is still one of my most favorite...
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paulmellor Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
looks great :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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paulmellor Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
no worries :)
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Ryzhervind Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Amazing!))
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Ellygator Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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BelleBijou91 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010
beautiful! <3
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Sharpener Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is really really good=)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I only had a set of needle files to work with at the time, it took forever, but it also turned out to be one of my most delicate pieces...
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TheArtofAnnika Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh this is beautiful!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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British-Endeavor Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
I love this. I am very partial to Celtic styled jewelry (knots and such) and this piece strikes me as very elegant because of such. And though I know it was not intended to be such, I still can not help but admire it in such light. Sorrily though I know nothing of jewelry making except I am quite certain it is beyond me, so critique of your technique and such, you will not hear come from me. However dear, I must say that if I saw this piece I should be quick to buy, might I add, without looking at its price tag. It is simply splendid. =]
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I am very happy you like it, and I must admit, even though it is one of my first pieces, I am still very pleased with it...
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British-Endeavor Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
As you should be. =]
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Ulogilv Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009
Osiyo! I know that is has been a long time since we have talked was wondering if this necklace is still for sale and if it is how much would it be????? have a friend in Serbia that is interested perhaps there might be other pieces as well grinning hope to hear from you soon, well sooner than since I last talk with you
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Miriel has been sold, but I keep the patterns, so I can make a replica with the same or different stones. Unfortunately the pricing is relatively high, because of the cost of material (pure silver) and the amount of work involved. I can make another necklace like Miriel for about $350.
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ieune Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
I found your Art Clay work through browsing Somk's favourites and while I like this piece especially (it's interlace, has an A&C feel (to me anyway)) I admire many of the others too.

I'm about to have a go at Art Clay/PMC and seeing what you've created was very inspiring!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I wish you the best of luck on your Art Clay projects!
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thebluekraken Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
i was wondering whether you cast these forms, very nice.. ive tried using silver clay while i still had my kiln running.. it never worked out favorably for me. having a dremil saves so much work and time
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This one was cut out of a flat sheet of wet clay and then shaped further (edges rounded, curves smoothed) with the dremel after drying. Then I fired the first time, added the bezel wire and the silver spirals and little spheres around the edge with oil paste. After the second firing I set the stone and really burnished the piece hard for a crisp, glossy sheen.
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Sakriphice Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo...I love it!!! I wish I had it!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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Liraa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
:wow:u made it !
is amazing !
ur such an artist !
ur amazing !:wow:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I love this one. It was in the days before I owned a Dremel, so it took a lot of work...
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Liraa Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
really !
u r a gr8 artist
u have such a talent to make those things !
ur awesome !
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unholyharpy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
:clap: magnificent
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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unholyharpy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
not at all..(:
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Aelcharya Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my God... This is so beautiful.. It screams "Elves"..

I'm in love! :love:
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! That was before I got my Dremel - cost me quite a few blisters...
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Aelcharya Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I can only imagine, XD

I think the result is sooo worth it!
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Cryptic-Remark Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008
ummmm... do you sell your artwork???
sorry if you have already answered this question bazillion times, i'm just in a rush right now and have no time to go through your journals! *slaps herself*
well, if you do how much would it cost me to commission your for a necklace like this one?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely work on commission basis and can make you a replica of the Miriel piece with either the same or other stones and the kind of lenght of necklace that would fit you. This particular necklace would come to $250 - mostly because silver is quite expensive right now...
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Cryptic-Remark Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
and how long does take for you to make a piece like this?
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It could take as little as two or three days, probably about 10 to 15 hours overall. The longest delay is in letting the clay dry thoroughly before carving and firing. That usually takes 24 hours.
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Cryptic-Remark Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008
well, i'm thinking of getting something like this on my birthday which is in march, so no hurry with this!=]
i still need to decide what i really want, i'm very picky in jewelry!^^;
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, this is not like picking up a little trinket of cheap fashion jewelry, so please take your time. I am also happy to do something new rather than replicate what I've already done.
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wibbledile Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Lovely! I haven't tried the silver clay myself before, but it seems interesting!
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