Behind The Scenes - Tahitian Pearl Pendant
I cut the Base Clef from silver sheet and chased it to create a more three dimensional piece.
On top of the two dots, I soldered 18ct gold tube settings for the gemstones, and I created a setting for the pearl complete with centre spike to secure it in.
It was nerve-wracking drilling the pearl, but it had to be done. Then I drew on the Ogham writing in pencil, and engraved it into the silver using hand engravers.
Jump ring soldered on, gems set, and all polished up. I lightly patinaed the piece, to bring up the Ogham writing ( the black goes into the engraved lines and shows them more clearly).
Last thing to be done was gluing in the pearl. Again, I had to be very careful to ensure no air bubbles got into the glue, and that it was a tight fit. I also was petrified that I would scratch it.
Mercifully all went well and it looked lovely as a finished piece.
R and her husband collected the piece on Christmas eve and yes... there were tears... mine too, as it was so sad that M lived such a short life...
After Christmas E sent me this beautiful message.
Thank you so so much..
It is absolutely beautiful and so perfect!
It'll be treasured forever and it'll be a family heirloom some day
Thank you for putting so much thought and work into it. From the shape, the birthstones, M's name in ogham It is so precious.
You're incredibly talented.
Many of my friends have asked me about it already and keep on asking.
I love telling them about it and what it means... The story behind it..
Thank you so much for creating such a beautiful and meaningful frame for my precious M's pearl.