For our final assessment in Enamelling we had to create something that was inspired by 'games'. The word could be loosely interpreted and I chose the Snakes and Ladders board game I remembered fondly from childhood.
|Snakes and Ladders prototype 1|
To begin with, I made two different prototypes, experimenting with combining metal and woven linen thread. The first prototype was difficult to wear as the metal lengths stuck into the skin.
|Snakes and Ladders Prototype 2|
Redesigning my idea, I changed the linen thread to be more representative of a snake that weaves its way through the ladder. The design also changed the way it was worn, and the metal lengths no longer stuck into the wearer.
|Cutting holes in the sterling silver lengths|
The next step was to make the design in sterling silver. After forging lengths of wire, I then cut holes into the flattened surface.
|Plique a jour enamelled sterling silver|
Using Plique a Jour methods (French for letting in daylight) I applied transparent enamel onto the cutout surface of the sterling silver.
|Detail of the final Snakes and Ladders piece|
Using a finer width of white linen, I wove the Plique a Jour lengths into place.
But before doing so, I had to thread the linen through sterling silver metal tube, which was then forged prior to threading the linen on the loom.