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Stem
         

  1. (Botany) the above-ground stalk (technically axis) of a vascular plant, and certain anatomically similar, below-ground organs such as rhizomes, bulbs, tubers, and corms.

  2. A slender supporting member of an individual part of a plant such as a flower or a leaf; also, by analogy, the shaft of a feather the stem of an apple or a cherry.

  3. A narrow part on certain man-made objects, such as a wine glass, a tobacco pipe, a spoon.

  4. Verb (used without object), stemmed, stem·ming. To arise or originate.

  5. From the suffixed form of PIE root *sta- ‘to stand, make or be firm.’

My new wearable edition for Threshold has been informed by a twig and leaf stem plucked from the privet hedge in my front yard.

 

After being carved and moulded from jeweller’s wax, the wax object has gone through the lost wax casting process, in which the wax is burned away to be replaced by metal. An edition of 15, each piece has been cast in golden bronze, before hand-finishing, sanding and polishing. Each piece has a sterling silver brooch pin and fastening allowing the small sculpture to be worn on a sturdy coat or jumper as a piece of wearable jewellery. Or simply placed on a shelf or surface to enjoy!

 

The back of the sculpture features small sections of my fingerprints, a nod towards the craft of making and the jeweller’s hands in the process.

 

Dimensions: 6.5cm x 9.5cm x 1.5cm 

Weight: 40g

Materials: Golden bronze, sterling silver brooch pin 

Edition Size: 15 

Price: £95 including postage and packaging

Images by Jules Lister for Threshold

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