This leaf is from my friend's garden. The tree is called a Western Redbud or California Redbud and looks quite spectacular when in full bloom from March to May. The botanical name is Cercis occidentalis.
I pressed the leaf into silver clay and cut out the outline with the detailed texture. I affixed a silver bezel on the leaf impression. When kiln fired, it came out as 999 pure silver. I burnished the leaf veins with 24K Gold foil to bond the pure silver and gold, a process called Keum Boo. I painted it with patina for contrast. I inserted the ruby cabochon into the bezel. I attached a sterling silver pin so it could function as a decorative brooch pin
This brooch is currently on display and for purchase at the Curated by the Sea Gallery on Front Street, Santa Cruz. .
Dimensions : 1 and 1/2 inches X 2 and 3/4 inches. Sterling silver decorative brooch pin.
If you wish to purchase this but have no access to Santa Cruz get in touch with me.