I have been thinking about making some more metal and glass jewelry. I started making some drawings with silver PMC in mind. I am so in love with the pieces Vickie Hallmark is doing and wish I could go take her workshop on making painted glass and silver pendants. Alas, it is just too far away for me to attend.
So, I thought I could work on it and figure it out on my own. Like I said, I did some drawings, but then thought that the cost of the silver might outweigh what I could charge for the pendants. I am not in the jewelry business and right now I know my clientele is not in that market when they are looking at my work.
However, I couldn't let the idea go. Then, I thought - why not continue with what I already do and know - glass and wood!
I started with a new sketch and a bunch of notes to myself. I tried to think of all angles - shape, size, thickness, materials, etc.
I had such a busy schedule that I had to put off actually attempting to make this piece for several days. It was killing me. When I finally got into the studio, it didn't actually take me long to get this done. I cut the basice shape from a block of mahogany. Then I shaped it on the band saw, trimming the thickness on the back edge to create a domed back. I drilled a circle into the face about 1/2 way through the thickness. Thoroughly sanding, shaping and varnishing finished the wood piece.
Then I cut the piece of amber stained glass, painted it and fired it. I created the copper bail with copper wire that I bent and soldered together, hammered into shape and drilled. I drilled a hole through the wood and used a piece of copper wire with soldered ends to pin the bail to the wood.
The coppere wire was coiled and hammered and I drilled holes in the wood, poking the wire ends from the front to the back and coiled it on the back to be decorative, but also to hold the wire in place. When the glass cooled, it was glued into place.