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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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.

Silver Cross with Citrine

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This heavy Greek, or Morning Star, cross is fabricated silver. The cross itself is just over an inch long, with the complete piece being just under 2 inches. The citrine stone is set in a silver bezel, with a thin disk of 14k gold behind it for a bit more reflectivity.

The double bail was a different take for me. I think it works. The piece is relatively small, and heavy. The citrine cabochon is only 4mm. I think it is the smallest bezel set I’ve done.

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A few more views. It’s mostly what I had in mind.

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Serpent Crosses

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Sterling pole cross and copper serpent. Approx. 6 inches.

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The clasp for the chain.

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Sterling pole cross and copper serpent, 14k gold bail. This one is pretty stout.  Approx. 7 1/4 inches.

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Sterling Tau cross and copper serpent. Approx. 6 inches.

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness [Numbers 21:8], so the Son of Man will be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him” (John 3:14).

The Hebrew word translated as “bronze” includes in its meaning “copper.”

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Articulated Cross

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This one was a lot of fun.  It’s about 2 inches long, Sterling.  The arms of the cross are hollow with a rivet going through end-to-end.  The foot swings from it. The two images below highlight the articulation.

I’ll eventually post an “evolution” of the design, but this is the final version.

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Here is a smaller variant.  It’s less than 1 and 1/2 inches long.  The nimbus is even more asymmetrical, and I left the rivet ends visible.

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