Memento Mori Laurel Branch Pendant in Copper
If you've ever visited any of the old colonial era port towns of New England, you've probably visited an old cemetary. Many of the headstones are carved with a variety of meaningful symbols The laurel symbolizes triumph over death, and an everlasting memory of the deceased.
This pendant is created thru an etching process on to the surface of copper sheet. The metal is then oxidized to darken the details and then polished to bring out the highlights of the metal, and to create a more dimensional effect. The copper will oxidize with wear, but can be quickly scrubbed with household agents like baking soda, lemon juice, or even toothpaste to bring the shine back.
The top layer of this pendant was etched with the laurel branch, and then sawed out by hand. It is soldered to another layer of copper, which has been oxidized. This layering lends depth and dimension to the design. It measures 3 1/2" wide and 11/2" tall, and is adorned by a single small faceted pyrite cabochon. Suspended by an 18" oxidized sterling silver rolo chain, finished with a hook and eye clasp closure.