KKD - Desert Floor Necklace
Found in the American Southwest, this stone is actually a fossilized tree, or Petrified Wood. It is found in large chunks or sections on the desert floor where the tree originally fell. You can see the rings in the wood.
While this Petrified wood is a beautiful stone all on it's own, this specimen has been electroformed and suspended from a quartz crystal point. The chain contains curls of bark that were harvested from the desert floor to make into links. They were sealed and electroformed to match the focal piece. So everything in this piece was gathered from the desert floor, as copper can also be found in the American Southwest.
Electroforming is a little bit like magic: copper forms and builds around a gemstone taking on organic and earthy shapes.....
And yet it is a very scientific process to achieve the look desired. The copper raw finish is created by using an electroforming bath: an alchemical process which basically grows the metal in a free-form way onto the surface of the jewel. After the bath is finished (which could take from several hours up to a few days for a single piece to achieve the desired texture) the metal is ready to be sanded and polished (all by hand), in order to benefit as much as possible from the next stage - achieving a dark depth using liver of sulfur. As the last step, I rub a micro crystalline wax polish on the metal.
The pendant is suspended from copper chain. Please feel free to convo us with any questions and take a look at our other listings. If you are a maker yourself or know one, I will be offering just the electroformed pendants if you would like to include them in your work.
Stemming from a passion for mixed media art fueled by a voracious curiosity for innovation in craft, KKennedyDesigns incorporates a range of mediums from fine and alternative metals to polymer clays, recycled salvage, encaustic, found items (shells, sea glass) and repurposed vintage finds.
Kristine Kennedy, the founder of and lead designer for KKennedyDesigns, has built the company modeled on her own multi-faceted artistic background. Not only is Kristine a jewelry designer, but also a Production Designer, decorative arts craftsperson and fine artist. Trained as a film maker at NYU and with a Masters Degree in Scenic Design from UNCSA, she honed her craft in design and fabrication. The organic and evolving style of KKennedyDesigns is in part due to this training and Kristine’s career as a Production Designer and Art Director in film, television and theater production.
This unique experience allowed her to develop jewelry designs that are wrapped in the shroud of story. Storytelling is at the core of all KKennedyDesigns artistic expression. As a result, our products transport the wearer, observer or participant to new worlds, on personal journeys. It is the personal and relevant experience we create that differentiates our work.
Presently, we are focusing on the concept of sustainability. This commitment extends to how we source our materials, as well as the lines we are choosing to develop and the causes we celebrate. Our new line, Milk and Honey, celebrates our pollinators and all they do for us.
We look forward to hearing your story and sharing ours!