I love to work with copper. It's really a dream to work with. But one of its strengths, it's ability to react to the environment, is also a problem when selling it. Some people, in fact most people, will see their skin turn green after contact with pure copper.
I love looking at ancient jewelry in museums. The ancients certainly didn't mind wearing copper. Yet, I've had customers ask to return items because this happens to them. After the last request, I decided to make a piece that is designed with the intention of turning the skin green!
This made me think of the song, Wearing of the Green. It had always fascinated me as a little kid, growing up in an Irish American household. Wikipedia has a good page about it.
That lead me to thinking about Celtic Knots, another fascinating part of ancient Irish culture.
So, a perfect design, I think, for a wide copper cuff, that is meant to turn your skin green!
Mary Lu Wason
is a studio jeweler. Here she shares the inspirations, discoveries and process of creating her art jewelry collections.
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