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Cat Bates

Ingot Necklace 2, Moss

Loosely inspired by the shape of an old-fashioned window weight, this necklace is designed specifically to cast cleanly and efficiently, speaking directly to the inherent beauty of the sand casting process. Hand cut master. Sand cast and finished in house. The bottom of the necklace shows a raw sawed texture, seen in the last image, from when it was was cut from the sprue.  This cut is performed by hand and the pattern left will vary from piece to piece.  The cord is marine grade machine braided nylon which I wax in house. I hand dye the brown and the moss cords before waxing. The tan cord is pigmented rather than dyed and will fade to a pale grey color over time. Finished with signature sister clasps, the sides of which can pass through each other when the slots are lined up precisely parallel. 22”cord including clasps.

 

HI, I'M CAT

I live in Portland, ME.  I make my living designing and producing jewelry. 

My workshop is located on the 4th floor of a sexy old mill building in Westbrook, about 20 minutes from downtown Portland.  I make this work from scratch, designing virtually every element of every piece.  There are a small number of exceptions (earrings posts, split rings, etc.), and I note these in product descriptions.  I use a variety of metalworking and fiber working techniques to create the pieces; you can learn more in the Details section.

Pieces will have subtle differences from one to the next, as everything is finished by hand.  The metal patina or cord color may be darker or lighter than the sample pictured, and the metal will have its own unique scratches and pits from finishing.   All will grow more beautiful over time as the various materials patina.  As a designer I aim for subtlety, durability, and comfort.  Most of my pieces are impervious to water & suitable for constant wear.  

As the wearer, please take pride knowing that you are part of what makes the piece beautiful.

About Cat Bates

HI, I'M CAT

I live in Portland, ME.  I make my living designing and producing jewelry. 

My workshop is located on the 4th floor of a sexy old mill building in Westbrook, about 20 minutes from downtown Portland.  I make this work from scratch, designing virtually every element of every piece.  There are a small number of exceptions (earrings posts, split rings, etc.), and I note these in product descriptions.  I use a variety of metalworking and fiber working techniques to create the pieces; you can learn more in the Details section.

Pieces will have subtle differences from one to the next, as everything is finished by hand.  The metal patina or cord color may be darker or lighter than the sample pictured, and the metal will have its own unique scratches and pits from finishing.   All will grow more beautiful over time as the various materials patina.  As a designer I aim for subtlety, durability, and comfort.  Most of my pieces are impervious to water & suitable for constant wear.  

As the wearer, please take pride knowing that you are part of what makes the piece beautiful.