star sapphire in sterling

Fabricated from 14 g Sterling and Star Sapphire.

The inspiration for this ring came while I was rereading Lilith by George MacDonald.  Here’s the section:

“The sun was very bright, but I doubted if the day would long be fine, and looked into the milky sapphire I wore, to see whether the star in it was clear. It was even less defined than I had expected. I rose from the breakfast-table, and went to the window to glance at the stone again. There had been heavy rain in the night, and on the lawn was a thrush breaking his way into the shell of a snail.
As I was turning my ring about to catch the response of the star to the sun, I spied a keen black eye gazing at me out of the milky misty blue. The sight startled me so that I dropped the ring, and when I picked it up the eye was gone from it. The same moment the sun was obscured; a dark vapour covered him, and in a minute or two the whole sky was clouded. The air had grown sultry, and a gust of wind came suddenly. A moment more and there was a flash of lightning, with a single sharp thunder-clap. Then the rain fell in torrents.”

Here it is in the sunlight.  The star is quite clear testifying to a sunny day.

Even without the sun revealing the star, the sapphire is quite enchanting.  Alas, I have yet to see an eye looking back at me from out of the stone.  I’ll keep looking, however.

The shank is rather heavy, 14 gauge.

hanging garnet and aquamarine pendant 

Fabricated silver, garnet and aquamarine beads.  Approximately 1 1/2 inches.

A derivative of an older design (see the post dated June 11).  This is a commissioned piece.  I think it works.

Out in the sunshine showing a bit of the stones’ depth.

One more, a close up.  All the pieces pivot on the rivet going through the bail.

belt and buckle

Sterling buckle, keeper, and leather belt.  Approximately 2.5 inches.  I’ve been out of commission for a bit.  Back in the workshop today for the first time in four months.  It felt really good.  The buckle was previously made, but I manufactured the keeper and cut the belt today.  Not bad for one eye!  Detail highlighting buckle, embellishment, and keeper.Reverse.  Here one can see the dimension and the embellishment.This is the full view of the buckle, belt and the two embellishments.  This can be custom fit to your dimensions.  Note there is only one hole in the belt.  $250

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.

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.

 

Dutch coffee spoon

Fabricated Sterling. 5 1/2 inches.  Another version of the classic Dutch coffee spoon.

  

Reverse.  Highlighting the bowl and the benchmark.

One more look.

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