Seventh Anniversary: Iron (Out of Turn)
Iron, 14 karat gold
I'd been pondering what to do with iron—I had a lot of great ideas, but none were particularly practical; it also turns out that while steel supplies abound, it's more difficult to buy iron materials than you would think. Especially if you don't prepare far enough in advance (*ahem*). This idea came to me while I was undergoing acupuncture (steel, again, I know)—and the day before I presented them to my wife she commented how a wireframe hollow-form construction would make lovely earrings because they'd be both voluminous and light. I had to bite my tongue and simply agree with her, but at least it was an indication that she would like her anniversary present!
I had a concept going in, but no real plan per se. The earrings were built free-form in 3D space using a micro TIG welder and some pre-cut basic lengths of iron wire; longer and shorter lengths of iron and gold wire were cut as needed. I really enjoy how random placement of the gold wire lends a Kintsugi-esque feel to the construction, and provides a beautiful contrast to the grey luster of the iron.