This is a 1 7/8″ x 1 9/16″ or 47mm x 41mm Green, semi precious agate on which I shot a wet plate collodion image of a garden Zenia in camera. After I processed the image in the darkroom I varnished and protected the Agatype and added a beautiful, high quality sterling silver chain, clasp and jewelry components.
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This necklace is a fine art Photo Pendant made in the 1850’s wet plate collodion process. This type of image on metal is known as a “Tintype”, a wet plate photo on glass is an “Ambrotype” and a collodion photo on Agate Quartz stone, such as this one, I am calling an “Agatype”. They are created in a rare, almost lost art process. I spend a great deal of time setting up the shoot for the image and taking the photo with an 1860’s Dallmeyer lens and bellows camera or my 1910’s Voigtlander lens and 5×7 bellows. Each wet plate is carefully developed in my darkroom, dried and then varnished with shellac or sandarac and lavender oil for their protection. I place the metal, glass, mica stone or other semi precious stone photo into the setting and assemble the solid sterling silver chain and clasp. A lot of time and heart goes into making these handmade “gems” of art.
Each piece has a slight shimmer as wet plate collodion photos are made from tiny silver particles. Every one has its own unique quality, sometimes displaying streaks or specks which only add to its beauty and mystery.
Be sure to use a soft, 100% cotton T-shirt or cloth to gently wipe your photo pendant and store it in the included individual pouch or box to keep from scratching. Care for this piece just as you would care for any of your other fine jewelry pieces.
I sign or engrave each of my pieces. This one of a kind Pendant is sure to be an heirloom and it would make a wonderful gift for any occasion. I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.
I think in whatever medium I’ve used, whether it’s been in writing music, drawing, painting or analog photography, beauty and the deeper parts of beauty, under the surface of life is what I am drawn to explore. Mystery keeps me looking for more. There is always more to be discovered and the closer I look, the more I want to search deeper into the Mystery. For the last 2 years the process of Wet Plate Collodion Photography has captured my fascination. I haven’t reached the end of the mystery with it yet and I’m loving the journey.
I have to thank Justin Brockey, my husband, for introducing me to Wet Plate Photography. I was happy and contented to continue drawing and painting but with his insistence I took my first analog photo. I exposed the image, developed and fixed the plate myself and completely “fell in love”. I haven’t stopped since. Very detailed, intricate pieces and styles of creativity and workmanship have consistently influenced my work through the years……so this must be the reason I find myself crafting tiny pieces of jewelry with my collodion plates.
It brings such sensory satisfaction pouring the emulsion onto whatever material I can utilize for my image. I started creating images on the traditional wet plate collodion surfaces of metal and glass but now have stepped out to see what else I can use as a base for my pieces, such as semi-precious stone. Each stone brings its own beautiful, natural feel to the collodion image and I enjoy the fact that every pendant is a one of a kind, tiny world of wearable art.—Angie Brockey