I've been working on a pendant commission from a lovely gentleman for his sister's birthday.
We went through my collection of work and the customer picked out elements he liked from several pieces - designs, colours, styles and detailing. The recipients height, skin and hair colour were discussed and we also had a look through Facebook albums at photographs. The customer particularly liked my latest collection of work which is inspired by Victorian ironwork from the now demolished Smithfield's Market - (for the blog post on the inspiration behind this body of work, please see the Collecting History tagged posts here). A pendant and chain was decided on and a stone selected from a range of rough sanded fishing net stones. Below is a series of images which show the piece being made.
|Assorted handmade resin stones - fishing net design|
Stone selected - bottom left hand corner
|Stone polished up - on top of the image which inspired the colours and opacity|
|Ironwork - Smithfields Victorian Market building - NW Film Archive footage|
|Stone overlayed a drawing of the ironwork roof within Smithfields Market building|
|The customer selected an area within the drawings I had done of the ironwork|
|Silver pendant mount and tracing of ironwork design|
|Piercing out the design out of the back of the silver mount|
|Finished silver mount with 9ct gold bayonet and platinol applied inside|
Handmade resin stone mounted in silver and 9ct gold
|Handmade 9ct gold finding|