A client instructed me to make a locket for him.
(Actually, Anne instructed me, since she is the workshop front, but you get the drift)
Anyway, it was to be 11mm x 2.5mm on the inside and had to have glass on both sides, so one could see through it.
There is a small shell that must fit into the pendant.
Start, as always, with a strip of white gold about 1mm thick.
I have to start thick, because I want the pendant to have ‘heft’ and a reasonable wall thickness as well.
Then I made a couple more of inter fitting rings.
Now, it would be nice to pop some 18ct white gold bar in my lathe and cut away.
Unfortunately I was right out of 20mm white gold bar, or put it another way, my wallet was not co-operating. So it was the hard way round.
Solder them up so they fit inside each other nice and snug.
Making the groove for the hinge.
When ever I have to make hinges I drill out some wire. That way I control the ID diameter and there is no solder seam.
Soldering the hinge on. The trick here is to use the minimal solder needed.
Then I put the two halves together and soldered the center hinge knuckle in.
I move the solder up towards the center with careful control of heat with my torch--- without soldering the two sides together.
This was taking to a big chance actually. Next time I solder the middle one first, then I solder the two outer ones .
Much easier to control the solder with the heat coming from the sides.
Then I just file the excess solder away.
Then I cut the two glass sides to the correct diameter.
I use 1mm watch glass which is hard and scratch resistant.
It kind of helps having a faceting machine for this.
Here she is starting to look a little less agricultural.
The glass is fitted but not set.
Then I made the V link and polished it and set the glass.
Ready for the shell.
This pendant closes with a friction fit.
It is impossible to open without a tiny screwdriver.
So I also made a dedicated screwdriver for the pendant.
See right through the pendant.
This is my clients photo he sent me.
I put the two little rods in on my clients suggestion, so the shell does not roll around to much.
And here it is being worn.
I enjoyed making this piece.
Definitely something out of the ordinary.