I made this pendant for a creativity contest at my Gem Cutters Guild. We were given a sheet of 20 gauge copper, 8 ga copper wire, 3mm copper bezel wire, and a thin strip of brass that’s maybe 26 ga and about 10-12 mm wide. Your piece may be composed of other materials, but 80% of the total piece must be from the material provided.
I’m planning on making a double pendant and hang the shield below a Trojan style helm. I have until the 1st week of September to complete and submit my piece so there’s plenty of time to make the helm.
I started by using my disc cutter to punch out 2 – 1.25" circles then punch the center out of one to create a ring. I used a texture hammer on the solid piece to have a wood grain appearance and a ball peen chasing hammer to texture the ring to look forged. I then milled and forged part of the 8 ga wire to make the ram’s horn cross bar. All these components were then soldered using hard silver solder and attached a bail on the back using medium solder. I used some burs to create a bezel cup out of the 8 ga wire and set a 3mm lab created red conundrum. Next I punched out some small brass circles and dapped them to look like rivets and a center brass boss with a hole to hold the gemstone setting. After soldering the rest of these pieces in place with easy solder, I engraved/etched the boss to look like sun rays. Everything was cleaned up with sandpaper and a brass brush. I may patina it, but I need something to get into the edges better than wrapping sandpaper over a needle file.