I’ve started work on a new custom pendant that I designed a few weeks ago, and I thought I’d show you some step-by-step photos. First comes the designing. In this case, my customer chose some stones she wanted me to use. I left them out on our table for days, moving them around, glancing at them, staring at them, letting them settle in my soul. Then, I traced around them and started sketching. Eventually, I came up with several possible designs. My customer chose this one:
The pale bluish stone is a variety of jasper, the dark one is Teton jade, and the reddish one is called wonderstone or rhyolite. The darkest penciled-in areas in my design will be stamped with a pattern.
The next step is to trace the pattern onto tracing paper, glue it onto a sheet of 20 gauge sterling silver, and start sawing. I find the sawing really relaxing and meditative for the most part. Okay, so sometimes I still break a lot of saw blades, which makes me cuss, but mostly it’s just peaceful and satisfying. I love watching the sheet of metal BECOME the piece.
I’ll take more photos along the way, and post the next steps. I love joolin’!