This jewelry is by Jane Orr. She uses copper, silver and 18ct gold, and every component is handmade including the rivets and findings.
In her jewelry Jane uses a variety of techniques to produce both the strong reds on many of her simple forms and the extensive color range and textures found in the abstracts and more detailed landscapes included in much of her jewelry.
These techniques have been developed over many years and involve the use of heat and chemicals on copper. Different temperatures and types of heat result in different colors and the images are achieved by building the color in layers. Chemicals are often used to help define the designs so the various colors appear where they are required.
In some works other metals are amalgamated with copper to provide additional colors and textures.
Once the desired effects are achieved on the copper, three coats of a high tech product are applied for protection from scratching.
Some pieces are left to stand on their own with sterling silver or 18ct gold used only for the findings. With others, the clean finish of sterling silver is used to frame and highlight the piece with the lustrous effects of 18ct gold often added to provide a richness and finish.