If you love animals, Sue Wainright’s zoo will find a special place in your heart. The UK artist uses sterling silver, black patina and gold, creating each piece in layers separated and joined by hidden tube spacers. A former architect, Wainright’s work illustrates how this technique allows for a truly three dimensional object.
The Zebra’s stripes are pressed into sterling silver sheet by rolling against a stencil of textured paper. Black patina is then applied to the stripes and black Swarovski crystals add the finishing touch to his eyes.
The Lion’s face boasts a muzzle of black patinated silver, 9kt gold eyebrows and tiger’s eye bead eyes. “The face is suspended over a black rubber necklet which passes through a tube within the creature’s muzzle.”
The Elephant, another pendant in the collection, is sterling silver set with red Swarovski crystal eyes. Note the face is connected to the circular frame by the tip of his trunk. Nice!
The Tree Frog – a large sterling silver brooch – has a complex multi-layer camouflage pattern design on his back in bright and black patinated areas. I envy his green malachite bead eyes.
Sue Wainright’s website