Morricone Martyr

I have an insane love of Westerns and Easterns, not in that order. I love movies in general especially older ones. So much of my screen love has been musically illustrated by Ennio Morricone. I had to make a piece in honor of his genius. Not wanted to. NEEDED to.

I had found these really great dendrites and they just screamed prairie gunfight to me. I cut an old patinaed bullet casing in half to frame the dendrite and rested all three pieces on a piece of mahogany. I contacted my friend Boss Bondage and had him send me some offcuts of his 8mm black hemp rope for the necklace to keep that old west look with out the itchiness. The rope was cut into two pieces and nestled in two more bullet casings this time sliced through the middle. The clasp was comprised of strong magnets in the tops of the bullet casings. I anchored the neck piece to the pendant with waxed Irish linen. I found a leather tooling pattern for saddles and etched that onto some thin copper for accent pieces.

To set the scene I went with classic spaghetti western silhouettes:

The Gunslinger, Vultures on Cacti, and of course, The Victim!

Lovingly cut out of copper, blackened, and epoxied into place in the soft limestone I had made a necklace that showed both sides of the tragic tale that took place in these here parts not too long ago…

And speaking of tragedy…

This necklace lived for exactly 1 hour and 43 minutes. It took four weeks to create. Sadly right after a critique it was accidentally dropped by a friend of mine…

and it broke…

and I cried…

Not going to lie, Ben and Jerry’s made money off me that day.

Cue music here.

Copper, dendrite, bullet casings, hemp rope, waxed Irish linen, mahogany, magnets

Saw work, epoxy, acid etching

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