Ruth Barnett’s gorgeous wire work chain with antique East Indian pendants

Ruth Barnett gave a wonderful presentation on her creative approaches to wire work yesterday at the San Diego Bead Society’s monthly meeting.  Ruth studied with internationally recognized wire work artist Lynne Merchant.  She said that Lynne inspired students with her techniques, her emphasis on craftsmanship, and by encouraging them to use the skills learned in her workshops to find their own creative voices.  The incredible body of work that Ruth shared in her talk made it plain that she took all those lessons to heart.   She was here at our home a few weeks ago for a “hinges” workshop taught by Fred Zweig (more on this in a future post).  While she was here, I had the opportunity to shoot a gorgeous necklace of hers.

Wire work chain with antique East Indian pendants by Ruth Barnett. Photography by Steve Rossman

The elements hanging from Ruth’s chain are antique East Indian pendants depicting various gods and goddesses; Indians wore them (probably still do) as protective amulets.  The magnificent chain, fabricated by Ruth, shows these treasures off to their best advantage.

Shot in my Escondido studio with a Nikon D300 DSLR and a Nikkor 60mm micro lens.

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4 Responses to Ruth Barnett’s gorgeous wire work chain with antique East Indian pendants

  1. Deborah Knowles says:

    Your necklace is beautiful, I wish it was in color but still love it!! Beautiful workmanship.

    • steverossman says:

      I’ll pass your kind words along to Ruth. I agree that it’s a beautiful piece. Actually, this is, technically, a color photo. However, since the piece is predominently silver, there’s not a lot of color to be seen. If you look very closely at some of the pendants (especially second from the left and the far right) you’ll see small touches of golden color.

      Thanks so much for following my blog and taking the time to comment.

  2. Jan Spencley says:

    Beautiful piece. Love Ruth’s work…artistic and technical skills are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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