Clover (Trifolium) is a genus of about 300 species of plants in the pea family having three leaves and dense heads of small flowers. They are ecologically important as they fix nitrogen in the soil. Clover is a source of nectar for honeybees and a food source for some butterflies. And maybe there’s one with a fourth leaf.
Materials: The Clover leaves are cast in hand patinated bronze.
Measures: 4" L x 2" W
This unique jewelry is made by creating molds directly from botanical elements in a process similar to lost-wax casting. While traditional lost-wax casting begins with a hand-carved model of wax, Michael Michaud instead uses an actual leaf, branch or flower in place of the wax model. A mold is created around the botanical element and as it is heated the plant matter burns away and leaves behind a beautifully detailed mold of itself.
Artist Michael Michaud attended the Rochester Institute of Technology's prestigious school for American craftsmen, where he studied under designers Hans Christenson and Gary Griffin and became a master in the creation and manipulation of molds. After graduating in 1980, Michael Michaud continued to perfect his craft while working under jewelry designers in the New York City area. In 1991, he found himself working in New York City's flower district and living in the beautiful Connecticut countryside - his love of the natural beauty that surrounded him began to blend with his passion for creating jewelry which lead to the birth of Michael Michaud Jewelry.
Each piece of Michael Michaud Jewelry is handcrafted in New York, U.S.A.
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