When I emailed these pictures of my latest jewelry design to gorgeous ex-blogger ENC last week, I wrote “my white whale, my Waterloo, my greatest folly” in the subject line. Truly, my Virginia Woolf Whistle pendant is my greatest (and most pun-tastic) jewelry folly to date, but I’m confident I will surpass it in craziness later this year when I begin my Empress Wu piece.
This is the Woolf Whistle silver prototype, cast from a wax carving. It looks like a normal whistle …
The complete Woolf Whistle piece will probably be done in the summer. That will be a full year of work on this one necklace. I will only be making the Woolf Whistle in gold with diamonds. The labor that goes into jewelry like this would make a plain silver piece a greater folly than even I could tolerate. You don’t waste expensive labor on inexpensive metal, because the price you’ll need to set will seem too high relative to the material. That’s another little jewelry-making lesson for you. You’re welcome.
UPDATED TO ADD LITTLE WOLF FAQ:
- Do you ship internationally? Yes, I will. Just email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com to arrange payment and shipment. Paypal is preferred.
- When do I need to order by? This piece is a permanent part of my collection. You can order it any time. Even if I don’t have one in stock, I will make a new one for you.
- How long is the chain? The standard length is 16″. I could also do 18″ or 20″ upon request.
WOOLF WHISTLE FAQ:
- Are you SURE you won’t sell it in silver? It’s hard for me to resist a customer’s special request. I estimate that this complicated piece will easily cost $1,000 in silver. If that’s not in your budget, no whining. I told you it was going to be costly. If it is in your budget, email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com and I’ll get you the final price.
- Would you do a plain, non-mechanical whistle in silver like you did with the acorn? I don’t plan to add it to my line, because I think you might as well have a real, made-in-China whistle at that point! But if someone requested it, I would do it. I would probably add a few inexpensive stones to the outside to make it a little special. I’m always willing to fulfill special requests. My policy is that if you can describe it and pay for it, I will make it.