I have been working on a fair amount of consignment pieces, and here is the current custom, pendant I am working on!
Here is the image I made in Photoshop, printed, waiting to be rubber cemented to that big ole’ piece of sterling silver on my counter.
Here I am making little center punches onto my pattern with a hammer and a sharp nail. I like to mark where the drill is going to start in order to make my hole extremely accurate!
Now I am drilling with my dremel and a tiny drill bit, about 1/2mm wide.
Then I cut out the oval shape with my jewelers saw.
I hand saw all of the individual segments, I have to make sure to watch the saw blade every moment, so I don’t mess up.
Here is the bee cut out!
Here is the back of the piece, with all of the little drill holes. I thread the saw blade through the drill holes and then saw.
A little more…
An voila! The finished cutout! I am waiting to hear back from the customer to find out the exact size I need to make the bail.