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.
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.
Follow the links on the right to the Christmas Catalogue pages. Each of the items has a description already in the posts. Scroll down through the site to find details about the pieces you are interested in. Let me know if I can be Santa for you.
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.
A few more views. It’s mostly what I had in mind.
A cruciform brooch made of Sterling (about 2 1/2 inches) with an amethyst bead as a crown/foot. The center hinged pin pivots for attachment.
Sterling pole cross and copper serpent. Approx. 6 inches.
The clasp for the chain.
Sterling pole cross and copper serpent, 14k gold bail. This one is pretty stout. Approx. 7 1/4 inches.
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.”
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.
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.