chi rho wall cross

Sterling.  Approx. 4 inches.

The sheet stock that makes up the bulk of the form is reclaimed Sterling and hand-milled to a thickness of 22 gauge.  The cross-piece is 10 gauge wire.

A variant of the Chi Rho (see the July 4 post below).  This will also be a wedding gift for a Christian family.

How it looks hanging on our wall.

Detail showing the join.Still on the bench.  The ruler might give you an idea of the scale.

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cross 

Sterling and 14k gold.  Approx. 4.5 inches.

A wedding gift for my son and his wife.  This fairly traditional cross was constructed from two pieces of heavy-gauged square Sterling wire with a bail of 14k gold wire.  It required quite a bit of hand work to get the edges square and sharp.  In order to keep the cleanness I did all the polishing by hand using increasingly finer gritted sand paper then polishing compounds on leather then flannel.  Sometimes the pieces that look the simplest require the most effort.

Detail highlighting the join and the bail.

How it looks on a wall.

 

chi rho

Sterling.  Approx. 3.5 inches.

The Chi Rho is an ancient symbol of the person Christ.  It is a monogram formed with the first two Greek letters of the name Christ, a chi and a rho.   This particular one is a wall cross designed and constructed for our godson and his new wife on the occasion of their wedding.  It’s made of a single strip of Sterling silver.  The whole has been patinated with only the surface polished.  I was going for a bold type-face look.