villa giulia {rome} floor plan pendant

Villa Giulia Floor Plan pendant, Naomi Muirhead, art925, sterling silver, paper, resin
Villa Giulia Floor Plan pendant, Naomi Muirhead, art925, sterling silver, paper, resin
Villa Giulia (National Etruscan Museum), Rome
Villa Giulia (National Etruscan Museum), Rome

Continuing my series of jewelry with floor plans from historic and ancient buildings in Italy, here is the Villa Giulia in Rome. It was built by Pope Julius III in 1551-1553 on what was then the edge of the city.

Today it is publicly owned, and houses the Museo Nazionale Etrusco, an impressive collection of Etruscan art and artifacts, including jewelry. I have been to the museum several times. There are some fascinating pieces from Etruscan history to see, as well as the beautiful villa and gardens.

I found the floor plan in a vintage Italian travel guide and constructed a frame with soldered back from sterling silver sheet. I love the patina after the soldering step.

Sterling silver frame and backing before being cleaned in the pickle bath
Sterling silver frame and backing before being cleaned in the pickle bath
Villa Giulia in the vintage Italian travel guide with oxidized pendant
Villa Giulia in the vintage Italian travel guide with oxidized pendant

To contrast with the paper, I used a liver of sulfur patina to make the silver a rich gunmetal gray, almost black. The same treatment was done to the chain which is fixed to the piece from the back. The paper plan was carefully cut to fit the shape of the frame. Then it was set with resin.

Villa Giulia Floor Plan pendant, Naomi Muirhead, art925, sterling silver, paper, resin
Villa Giulia Floor Plan pendant, Naomi Muirhead, art925, sterling silver, paper, resin
Back side of the Villa Giulia pendant
Back side of the Villa Giulia pendant

Coming up… see the sister pendant done with stone inlay.

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