The first item of jewelry was a pendant made from plate with a free form design of our own choice, I chose to do a type of Fleur de lis.
Firstly you have to design your idea on paper to the size of pendant you wish to make, then prepare your sterling silver, roll out a piece of flat plate and then glue your design onto the plate, this will give you a nice neat template to cut around. The pattern is then cut out of the plate and hammered to give a bit of shape and if desired texture then polished.
At this stage we are taught polishing techniques, I really enjoy the polishing phase as it takes a piece that is dull from working and sanding and you get to watch it leap to life.
|Fleur de Lis|