What is Encaustic?
Encaustic derives from the Greek word, ‘Enkaustikos’, meaning to burn in. Beeswax and damar resin are melted together and combined with pigments to create encaustic paint. This paint is applied hot and manipulated with a direct heat source. Encaustic is one of the most durable of all artists’ paints, since wax is impervious to moisture and the colours do not fade.
Encaustic Jewellery was featured in a two-page spread in “From the Boutique: A Gallery of Jewelry” in the Autumn 2014 issue of ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’ magazine. This unique artisan jewellery is created by me using encaustic paints (melted beeswax, damar resin and oil paint) marbled together using an embossing heat gun onto Terraskin™ paper. Metal leaf (silver or gold) and metallic glitter are added to the warm encaustic paint for shine. Once cooled, the painted paper is cut out and mounted into a metal bezel of the jewellery piece. Clear jeweler’s grade resin is poured on top as a protective glossy finish.
What is a Druzy?
Druzy quartz is a thin layer of quartz crystals covering the surface of a host stone. The term “Druzy” refers to the tiny crystal which is formed within or on another stone in a large number. When the ground water that carries dissolved silica is forced to get filled into a porous area of rock, rapid cooling occurs and it causes the formation of minute crystals. One example of a typical Druzy is the crystals filled inside the cavity of a geode. Another type of Druzy is known as a Botryoidal Druzy (from the Greek word meaning “resembling a bunch of grapes”), where the crystals grow in formations that resemble knobs, valleys, and hills.
Faux Druzy jewellery is created using jeweler’s grade resin cast into silicon molds that are individually designed for each set of my crystal jewelry. The mold is made by taking an impression of a faux Druzy cabochon (composed of tiny pieces of glass shards, glued together into a specific size and shape). Additives are mixed into the liquid resin (such as oil paints or glitter), or the mold surface can be dusted with PearlEx™ pigments, to give extra shine to the crystalline facets of the cast resin shape. Each resin casting is filed, hand-painted with additional colours, and then sealed with a protective clear coat. Finally, the faux Druzy is mounted onto a metal bezel to complete the jewellery piece.