One of my absolutely favorite materials to work with is reticulated silver. This silver alloy is 80% fine silver and 20% copper, which gives it some unique properties. First, through a process called depletion gilding, you can create a layer of silver on the top and bottom with the reticulated silver in the center. When you heat it up, it acts much like an ice cream sandwich--the middle melts before the top or bottom does and the surface of the metal draws up into a completely unique and very natural crinkled texture that can be used to make jewelry.
Many different metals can be reticulated, including brass, gold, and silver. This particular reticulated silver pendant was created for a recent custom order and is set with a rainbow moonstone.