Persimmon Calyx can be found under the Persimmon tree. Fortunately for me, my friend has a tree and gives me fruit every year which is delicious. I crawled under her tree to gather the calyx. I selected one I liked and cleaned it to remove mud and dust. I then painted it with silver paste the consistency of cream. There were 10 coats with complete drying between each coat.
I created a Baile using silver clay at the back. A pure silver bezel was affixed in the front, surrounded by 4 balls of silver clay. The piece was fired in the kiln. The organic calyx burned away and a pure 999 silver piece emerged. I burnished the 4 balls and portions of the calyx with 24K Gold foil. Silver and gold fused together, a process called Keum Boo. I painted the tips of the 4 calyx leaves with patina till I got the shimmery blue and purple shades.
I inserted a brilliant Blue Lapis cabochon in the bezel. I love the way it turned out.
Dimensions : Almost 2 inches X 2 inches. Sterling silver snake chain 18 inches.
PLEASE NOTE : This particular piece is destined for a Gallery show at the Santa Cruz Art League on Broadway in Santa Cruz. It can be purchased from there in October 2021. This is part of the Annual Open Studios Art show in October this year.
I can also create a similar Custom piece for you. It will not be exactly the same since I will be using a different calyx to paint silver paste onto and the placement of Gold foil and patina may be slightly different.