Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cameo Appearance

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Cameos, in the most generic sense of the word, can be made of so many different things - hand carved shell, hand carved agate, ultrasonically carved agate, poured "agate", coral, mother of pearl, turquoise, molded resin, glass, painted porcelain, etc. The most popular cameos however are shell cameos and blue/black agate cameos.
Cameos can be carved in relief or intaglio. In relief is the most popular and means that the surrounding material is cut away from the image being carved, allowing the image to project above the surface. Intaglio means that the image is carved into the stone, so that it is below the surface level. When intaglio is done on a stone, the smooth surface of the top of the stone is carved. When intaglio is done on a piece of glass, the bottom surface of the glass is "carved" and usually painted, leaving the top of the glass smooth.

3 comments:

little augury said...

those earrings remind me of the ones that got away- at an auction- oh how I wished I had kept bidding, damn it still makes me mad and teary. Gorgeous picks. la

le style et la matière said...

Funny how a while back cameos were considered to be for grannies. Thankfully, everything come back around.

jezebel said...

You've inspired me to fish around in my jewel box for a buried cameo ring.