The picture below is the inspiration for my newest idea, a simple cloud pendant. It could have rain or just be a fluffy cloud. At least, that's how it starts.
I want to make more charms in sterling silver, but making them small through fabrication is a bit of a challenge. So, I decided to start carving it in wax then cast it into sterling silver. Once it's cast, I'll make a mold that way I can cast it in sterling over and over. And, if someone wants this little pendant in gold, I can cast it in gold as well.
This started out as a basic outline on the wax. As I used my flex shaft and wax burs, I began to get a better picture of what I wanted the final piece to look like. Of course, I didn't want it too heavy so I used a ball bur to remove the excess material from the back of the pendant. And, actually, the back side could be used to add resins and colored glass through enameling to add a bit of interest to the back or even to make it the front. There are lots of ways this little cloud can be used so it's interesting to me to see how ideas develop, not just on paper, but also as I'm carving out the initial design.
The overall design of the pendant is still a work in progress, but I've got most of the carving finished and now I'm just trying to decide on the bail connection and whether or not I'd like to incorporate some other connections on the bottom for beads, gemstones or crystals. Once I have that figured out, I'll need to decide on the chain. Should it be round, oval or just long links connected by jump rings?
What do you think? I'd love to hear your ideas...