Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hammer Texture Circle Necklace

This necklace has a great rustic feel to it and the circular pendant has a nice weight. It isn't at all dainty.

This necklace took some time to make and a lot of heating and reheating of the sterling silver wire that makes up the circle. It isn't easy to get 10 gauge metal to do exactly what you're telling it to do. The wire was annealed and formed around a round ring mandrel. The ends were soldered closed and it was work hardened in a tumbler with stainless steel shot.

I hammered the circle with a ball peen hammer to give it a nice texture. I made a wire-wrapped bail for the piece from sterling silver wire to keep with the rustic look. I added the pendant to an 18'' sterling silver figure eight chain with a matching lobster clasp and then oxidized the whole piece. I used steel wool to bring up highlights in the pendant and chain.

The pendant measures 1''x1.25'' (including the bail). The circle itself is 1''.


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