I was pretty steamed.
I melted the Dogtooth Amethyst pendant bezel (frame around the stone) a few months ago. I mean I TOTALLY melted it. I had been trying to fill in some spots where the bezel didn’t quite meet up with the base. And I went overboard with the torch.
So I set my melted project aside while I worked on Mr. Zazzy Fish.
Starting from Scratch
A few weeks ago I started over. I recreated the base (back side) but used a different texture, more of a gravelly, pitted look and feel. I sawed out the octagon shape so that the wispy back of the amethyst would show through.
I cut another length of the pure silver bezel wire and this time, much more carefully, soldered it onto the base. Same for the sterling tubing used for the bale (where the chain will flow through).
After gentle filing and polishing, and a few hours in the tumber, the pendant was once again shiny. I set the amethyst into the bezel.
So everything up to this point was re-work. Boy, do I hate re-work.
Finally, it Looks Like a Pendant
I used a burnisher (like a paring knife) to wrap the bezel’s serated edge up over the stone, holding it in place. A little more polishing. I strung a pure sterling silver chain through the bale with a sterling lobster claw closure. Ta-da! DONE.
The Dogtooth Amethyst pendant went into the Middletown Arts Competition last week, hand in hand so to speak, with Mr. Zazzy Fish. Oh, and along with a Mexican Crazy Lace Sterling pendant too.
But that’s another story for another day.
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