hat pin

Fabricated Sterling.  Approximately 2 1/2 inches.

This is my take on the traditional Bavarian/Austrian hat pin.  I altered the traditional shape and the fastening mechanism.

The pin is designed to hold either a feather or a bundle of hair (goat and badger are typical).  It is held in place with a screw.

The downy feather is from a peacock.  I found it at a zoo.

Here is the pin and its pieces.

The threaded points are inserted into the hat, and the round nuts secure it from inside the hat.

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.

articulated crosses

Fabricated Sterling.  Approximately 1 1/2 inches.

This pair of crosses was commissioned for a confirmand and sponsor.  They’re a variation of some I’ve done previously.  These are smaller, and with a little difference in emphasis.

This shows one of the crosses with a chain.

These articulate for movement.

Dutch coffee spoon

Fabricated Sterling. Approximately 5 inches.

This one is pretty straightforward with the exception of the reticulated silver on the bowl.

The inside of the bowl has a little reticulation, but most of it was removed in the polishing.

That text is visible on this one.

It’s nicely dimpled.

Dutch coffee spoon (the six grandfathers)

Fabricated Sterling and 14k gold. Approximately 4 inches.

Another coffee spoon (see the earlier posts for the story). This one is symbolic. The four rings represent the cardinal directions; the top is the One above (the top of the handle with the gold of glory within); and the bowl represents One below (earth). A nice way to begin the day.

too much Christmas cheer

Fabricated Sterling and commercial chain.

I’m just playing around with the bells.

Admittedly, it’s a little ridiculous. But it sure was fun.

It’s just what Mrs. Claus needs on a cold winter night.

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