These lock plates lived long and stories lives in a New York City building before I found them in an architectural salvage yard. Over the years, these were on doors that were painted cream, black, and then burgundy. You can traces of all these colors on the layers of paint, although the dominant color here is the last one, burgundy.
My first step was to encase the lock plates in resin. This was both to preserve the paint, which was flaking off -- and also to provide a layer of protection against the strong possibility of the presence in lead in this paint. (You can preserve fresh fruit in resin and it won't rot, so you're very well protected from lead in wearing this necklace. Still, I wouldn't advise sucking on this or any other piece of jewelry.)
Next, I enhanced the colors with various stones and beads.
*The lock plate on a fine silver chain has been embellished with silver pyrite, labradorite, seed pearls, vintage African ceramic beads, and matte glass black beads. The keyplate plus the stones is just under three inches long, and an inch wide. The chain is 18 inches long, and the entire necklace is 21 inches long.
*The lock plate on brass chain has been embellished with hematite, jasper, labradorite, and matte glass black beads. The keyplate plus the stones is just about three inches long, and an inch wide. The chain is 18 inches, and the entire necklace is 21 inches long.
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