This is one of my silver pendants, and maybe one of the first
pieces I'd created after learning how to do the silver clay in
2009. The moon surface texture was carved in plaster during the course of a couple hours. Once completed, I made a silicone rubber mold of it, so the silver could be impressed into it. The face was made from a mold I'd already carved before in a little block of plaster, then blended with the silver crescent moon I'd domed and carved out. It was harder than I make it sound! Waiting for the kiln to peak at the temperature that sinters the silver particles into a solid was only an hour, but felt like an eternity. I opened the volcanic interior and removed the orange, glowing silver piece and plunged it into cold water. "CHEEEEEWWW!", it steamed, and scared the cat. Very dramatic, and very rewarding. After the scrubbing, patination, and polishing, I had the most exciting piece of jewelry I'd ever seen! I wonder what it would look like with a dangling star sapphire in place of the silver star?