This lock plate lived a long life in a New York City building before I found it in an architectural salvage yard. Over the years, apparently someone thought cream would be a great color for a door, and then a putty gray, and then pale green and somewhere along the line, a bold choice of a peachy pink. You can see all of these design choices on this lock plate, which is made pretty rare by this dreamy, almost Impressionist-style color scheme.
My first step was to encase the lock plate 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 a creamy pastel palette of seed pearls, mother of pearl, sunstones, strawberry quartz and a couple of pale green glass beads. I attached the whole works to a 28 inch gold-filled chain. (I can adjust the length upon request.)
The lock plate is substantial without being overwhelming -- it's 1 7/8ths inch long and about an inch wide. This is a totally one-of-a-kind necklace, and a rare blend of a feminine feeling with a historical and industrial sensibility.
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