Lately, this has been my passion – carving molds, making and making molds, stamping it, filing and carving it when it is dry but not fired (green). Also – several brands of copper clay, silver clay, steel clay, and brass clay. Several of the experiments didn’t work out – not compatible clays, etc. I think I’ve finally gotten a feel for what works, and the rhythm of my own kiln. Each one is different! Here are some photos of my experiments. I even made a set of key rings for my co-workers at Oracle.
THIS ORDER, FROM A CUSTOMER OF BONNIEJEANHARDWEAR, WAS FOR 2 PENDANTS FROM PHOTOS OF HER PET DASCHUNDS. SHE ALSO WANTED A SPECIFIC HANDMADE HEART NECKLACE. HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THE PROCESS AND RESULTS… FROM PENCIL SKETCH TO FINAL WATERCOLOR, CUSTOM STERLING SILVER BEZEL FRAME, TO HAND-FORGED CHAIN. THE PENDANTS ARE INTERCHANGEABLE, THANKS TO A DESIGN COMPONENT OF A CLASP AT THE FRONT OF THE NECKLACE TO CHANGE OUT THE PENDANTS.
I’m still working on this set of 20 or so miniature watercolor paintings. Now I’ve coated them in gesso, to make them durable and waterproof. Then, I sized each on based on the glass that will cover them. I used an exacto to cut out the rough size and shape. Then, I marked and cut sterling silver sheet into backing for each one. Then, I cut sterling silver bezel wire (a thin, flat wire used to frame the back) that I will now solder to make the frames.
I took photos of each of these steps.
If I decide to stamp a phrase on some, I will do that before soldering the bezel to the backing… once they become frames, they can no longer be stamped.
When complete, I will file, sand, and finish each solid sterling silver pendant frames. Then, I will solder on a ring, rings, or punch a hole so they can be used as pendants or bracelet centerpieces.
When complete, I will have spent the equivalent of 10-12 hours on EACH piece. These are truly one of a kind.
Lately I’ve been working on miniature original watercolor paintings that will be turned into custom pendants. Anything, including photos, is possible with this method! Right now, though, I have these original little paintings I’m working on. Each will be accompanied by a glass tile laid over the top, then tightly fitted into a handmade sterling silver pendant with bezel. Each one is an individual work of art, and there is no other in the world!