Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lost Dream Machine Pendant 8

For this pendant I made use for the first time of a patine on the silver.
A patine is a more or less controlled process of oxidation. 
I did a lot of experimenting before it came to this result...


First I made the pentagonal centre-part of the pendant in brass.
(It looks a bit like a stretched baseball but I call it "the nut".)
I liked the way that this material's oxidation during soldering.

The somewhat complicated fitting  for the nut came next.
Here you see it almost assembled, only the cup at the top is missing.

The basic parts of what is going to be the pendant.

The little cup that is going to support the onyx pearl soldered on the fitting
and the crown soldered to the nut.

And here's the complete pendant assembled, except for the onyx.
At this stage I notice that I do not like the colour of the brass as I did before...
So I am going to redo that part and use silver this time.
I can still decide afterwards witch I like more.

The "nut" redone in silver.
I definitly prefer this version, so now I only need to assemble the whole thing,
including the onyx pearl.

Et voilĂ  !
Finished, cleaned up and photographed.

Friday, January 22, 2010

His and Hers...

With "Valentine" coming up:

I am working on a more complicated piece at the moment and I have some custom orders to finish, but I made two sets of "His & Hers" for Valentine in between. It's a try-out, nothing fancy or sophisticated but fun  :)

Have a look...

Rough sketch.

His cufflinks & Her earrings
Set 1

His "dangle" cufflinks.

Her earrings.

His cufflinks & Her earrings
set 2

His cufflinks.

Her earrings.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lost Dream Machine Pendant 7

A look behind the scenes while making Lost Dream Pendant 7.
I am sure you understand that these are just a few steps of many in the complete process of creating this crafted piece of jewellery. 

In fact this pendant is a variation on the very first of the series. This time the backside of the centre part has a design that is cut out too.

First two rounds were cut out of a plate of Sterling silver.

First round is finished cutting now, all cutting is done with a handbow saw.
One more to go.

The two sides of the main body of the pendant are cut out and forged to domes. Next they will be soldered together. Due to heating there is now firescale (dark oxidation) on the silver. This will be removed later.

Here you see them soldered together.

The halfmoon-ring that will hold the centre part is now soldered too. The firescale was removed from the round disk, the difference is obvious. I also made two small round stoppers that will go at the ends of the axisof the round part.
The axis holds the onyx pearl.

All parts cleaned in special acids, now they only need assembling.

Finished and photographed on the mannequin.
Ready to go to the shop.