Mixed Media Rickenbacker-Inspired Guitar Pin
Several years ago, at a concert, I got the idea of making a series of brooches based on guitars. I love to work in acrylic and electric guitars seemed the perfect models for some acrylic brooches. This mixed media brooch is one of a series based on iconic electric guitars -- it is modeled after a 6-string Rickenbacker.
The brooch is made of laminated, hand-cut and polished acrylic in black and turquoise. Its features are represented by patterned sterling silver, vintage watch parts, anodized aluminum, and black freshwater pearls.
This brooch started out as 3 sheets of plastic. I laminate them, cut the shape out by hand with a jeweler's saw fitted with a spiral blade, belt sand, hand file and polish and refine the shape and then painstakingly add the details using various materials. Each brooch takes about 8 hours from start to finish.
This brooch is approximately 3.75" in total length and approximately 1.50" at its widest point. It is fitted with two tack pin findings. It sits better this way than with a traditional pin stem.
One of a kind.