The Smithsonite by the Sea brooch

I made a brooch for my stepmum in law using a piece of Smithsonite. I had tried and failed to bezel set the stone.
I decided to try using cork clay which burns off in the kiln to build around.
I was trying to make it so the stone looked like it was in the sea held by seaweed.

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The brooch in the clay stage

After firing the top prong was weak and looked a bit rubbish so it came off! I then added the Smithsonite stone. I love how it looks like a little beach.

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I added a starfish shape at the top and patinaed the piece to make the detail stand out.
Mrs Smithson who lives by the Sea loves it!

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