The Women’s Jewelry Association Maker’s Project, is a fundraiser for the WJA San Diego Chapter. This event benefits the local and national WJA scholarship fund. It is a two-part event that will culminate in a reception and auction at the Women’s Museum of California at NTC Liberty Station on Saturday, July 30th, 2016

This year I was able to participate in the event. Each designer is to bring a handmade jewelry item (sample, casting, cut off, gem etc.) and trade it for “gem” from a fellow WJA Maker. This “gem” is then used in a wearable jewelry design that will be auctioned at the fundraiser.

The 2016 theme for the WJA Maker’s II Project is “She Inspired Me…”

Kathleen Lynagh WJA Maker's Project 2016

There are many females in my life that have inspired me. So I looked to my “gem” for inspiration and found the answer, I realized that Mother Nature was the influence for this piece so I decide I would go with the strongest feminine entity in the world, Mother Nature.

Kathleen Lynagh WJA Project 2016
The enameled “gem” reminded me of bamboo. Using the leaves from the bamboo tree I developed a stylised design for the necklace. After finishing my pencil sketches, I moved the design process into Adobe Illustrator to create the outlines for my template. Once the line work was complete I mounted the design to my salvage copper sheet that I purchased from Industrial Sheet Metal in San Diego.
Kathleen Lynagh WJA Maker's Project 2016
Hand piercing the metal is time consuming, but I love the graphic quality of the leaves next to the enameled panel. I also wanted the back of the pendant to be a complete design not simply a back plate.

Kathleen Lynagh CM Cross 2016 9

Once the bezel was soldered in place, I oxidized the copper and brushed the edges to bring out the copper highlights. I selected copper colored freshwater pearls to complement the highlights in the oxidized copper. I handmade a pearl chain using these pearls and oxidized the sterling silver for added contrast.

Kathleen Lynagh WJA Maker's Project 2016
The back of the pendant is open to show the entire pattern.

Kathleen Lynagh WJA Maker's Project 2016

The WJA Maker’s 2 Project: Opening at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, 103, San Diego, CA 92106

When: Saturday, July 30th 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.