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Silver Seasons Botanical Jewelry by Michael Michaud
Michael is dedicated to his work. He became an expert at making and manipulating molds at the school for American craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology.He starts with bronze and uses sterling silver, gold, natural stones and pearls to complete his natural look. Often there are several variations of design within each of these collections including earrings, necklaces, pins and bracelets.
Silver Seasons Jewelry
Michael's silver seasons collection began in 1991 with a handful of designs. Real greenery, flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts, bark and herbs are copied and made into jewelry. Today over 50 different types of botanical jewelry are available at Stowe Craft Gallery. That adds up to several hundred different pieces in this catalog and in-stock at our Vermont gallery.
The process for creating this natural looking jewelry begins with creating a true to life sculpture from a live plant or flower or leaf. Using the Lost Wax technique a mold. Is made from the sculpture. Hot metal,usually bronze, is poured into the mold. Then comes the careful hand application of fine details. Finally, metals are patinated, smoothed and sometimes set with natural stones or pearls.