Copper with flat black patina.

Hand forged sterling needle, silk thread.

Size: Approx. 2" x 2"

Joycelyn Merchant © 1984








One of a series of pieces created using the 2" by 2" square format as a little black canvas. The dead black surface patina was achieved by treating the copper with a chemical solution.

The torn metal in this piece resembles a gaping wound ripping through the hard surface of the copper. Imagine that it has been repaired with the hand forged sterling needle and the delicate silk thread. The needle serves to hold the pin ono the wearer's clothes. When not being worn, it is still complete as a little tiny sculpture.

This piece and another similar work were exhibied in Jewelry USA, 1984-'86, sponsored by the American Crafts Council. Two other similar pieces were exhibited in American Jewelry Now, a U.S. Information Agency sponsored traveling show which toured in S.E. Asia and Australia, 1985-1987.

Joycelyn Merchant