Classic Horse Pendant in sterling silver, by Michel McNabb.www.michelmcnabb.com All Rights Reserved. Hand carved in wax, this pendant is cast using the lost wax casting method. The horse is a relief emulating the classic paintings of the horse.
Jewelry has always been an obsession for me. As a little girl I could sit for hours on my mother’s bed going through her jewelry box. I began making jewelry at about eight years old of colored telephone wires and bubble gum wrappers. As a college student at Denison University I majored in fine art, specializing in intaglio etching printmaking, where metal is etched using a fine stylus. My jewelry is made in a similar way by carving wax with very fine tools in order to create detail.
The process begins with an idea inspired by things around me. It could be patterns from the beautiful Spanish architecture where I resided for eighteen years or simple forms found in nature and everyday objects. This idea keeps me awake at night, until I can see the finished product in my mind. Then I sit down to my bench and get to work.
When I work with my hands I am reminded that I have the power to create objects that will last forever. I feel like this is what I was born to do.