While I did this piece primarily as an example of techniques I'd be teaching my intermediate students, I'm very pleased with the way it came out, both visually and conceptually. The two contrasting elements are smooth, dark copper, and sparkling silver (including a white topaz).

The silver "tadpole" is raised above the copper base, and its contrasting spot is a copper tube rivet that holds it on and adds empty space; the lower copper's spot is a raised, polished tube holding a faceted white topaz (chosen because its sparkle was a good match for that of the reticulated silver in the other half).

Reticulation and sterling silver, copper, white topaz.

1.25 in. diameter (33 mm)

2004. NFS.