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sterling silver maple leaf necklace
A maple leaf collected off the sidewalks of Detroit. I coated the back in wax to give it weight and durability before it was cast.
Cast from the actual plant in solid recycled metal preserving each plant's unique nature to make true-to-nature jewelry.
- chain threads through its center, medium weight
- 2 x 2 inches
- 30-inch chain
- Silver pendant on a sterling silver chain with clasp
Each piece is cast from a real plant in solid bronze or sterling silver.
• Bronze pendants available on rhodium-plated chain with clasp.
• Sterling silver pendants available on sterling silver chain with
• Gold vermeil pendants available on gold plated chains with spring
- Bronze pendants available with a 1.4mm rhodium-plated chain
with lobster clasp
- Sterling silver pendants available with sterling silver chain. 16 & 18” available in 1.3mm delicate chain with spring clasp. 20, 24. & 30” available in 1.5mm chain with lobster clasp.
- Gold vermeil pendants available on gold plated chain with
Adjustable & Custom lengths available! Request in the
sterling silver maple leaf necklace
How do I care for my piece?
Silver & bronze: Wipe with dry abrasive sponge to remove excess oxidization.
Gold vermeil: Wipe gently with a dry polishing cloth.
Avoid wearing in water or with sunscreen, lotion, or perfume. DO NOT use commercial jewelry cleaning solutions. Store in a cool, dry place.
Is there an actual twig in there? Is it dipped in metal?
No, the actual plant or twig is not inside the piece. I cast pieces in solid bronze or sterling silver - they are not dipped, painted, or plated. The lost wax casting process allows for the forms to live on after the specimens burn out in the kiln.
What is the casting process?
Found natural ephemera becomes treasured jewelry in silver, bronze,
or gold. All pieces by Tree Trunk Arts are created with a lost wax casting
process that ensures each piece is entirely unique. Chosen plant parts are encased in wet plaster to create a mold. Plaster molds enter a kiln for 8+ hours, burning out all plant material. Metal is centrifugally thrown into the remaining mold creating a solid metal model ready to become heirloom-quality jewelry.
In stock pieces ship next business day.
Regular collection ships in 3-5 business days.
Gold vermeil and fine jewelry collections are made to order and
can take up to 4 weeks to ship. Please send an email to email@example.com if you need an exact ship date.
Eco Friendly Wrapping
An eco-friendly jewelry box tied with raffia ribbon keeps pieces
safe inside a recyclable padded mailer.
Returns and exchanges
I want you to love your tree trunk arts jewelry. I’ll work with you to make sure it is exactly what you have in mind.
Made from botanicals
True-to-nature is more than a mantra, it’s the why and how behind every piece I make. Each piece of jewelry is created from once living elements - an ash seed, a succulent rosette, a chestnut twig. An
exact replica is made by lost wax casting. Molten metal is poured into a one-time use mold of the plant.
I'm Collyn, the one woman show that is tree trunk arts. It all started in 2009 while pursuing a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. I discovered that found object casting combined my love of collecting bits of nature with fire and metal.
Handmade in Detroit
Plant specimens are collected on my travels across the US and from my own garden. The magic happens in my basement metalsmithing studio located in my historic Detroit home.
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True-to-nature is more than a mantra, it is the why and how behind every piece I make. Each piece of jewelry is created from a once living elements- an ash seed, a succulent rosette, a chestnut twig. An exact replica is made by casting, pouring molten metal into a one time use mold of the plant.