Ta Da!

Well, I have been very busy creating for the Women’s Expo – but I wanted to share with you the castings I received of my paw print charm:

paw-print-charm-frontback

Here you see the front and reverse.  When I receive the sterling silver charms they are tumbled and shiny.   They don’t stay that way for long.  I file and sand, then patinate in a liver of sulphur solution, neutralize and finally polish back to get the oxidation just right.  This gives the letters and paw print more definition. Being hand finished, each charm is a bit different from the next.

I think Frank Billanti Casting did a wonderful job!  The pieces are about an inch across and have a very nice weight and feel to them.  It is the kind of piece that I know I will be playing with when wearing – it is a very tactile piece.

When I have a little more time, “my metallurgical engineer” brain will write a post about Frank and the casting process.  The things you don’t know about your jewelry!

10 Responses to Ta Da!

  1. Robin September 18, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    This is absolutely fantastic Maria – Great Job!

  2. Maria September 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm #

    Thanks Robin, I finally feel like it’s REAL!

  3. Dee September 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

    Yeahhhh, what a fabulous job Maria..they turned out absolutely beautiful!!!

  4. Maria September 19, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    Thanks so much, Dee. I’m pretty happy with it – and thrilled to have a permanent “reminder” of our wonderful Miss Perky. She is going to be a wonderful service dog.

  5. Simone (junglefrog) September 20, 2009 at 3:05 am #

    Wow, I love how those look Maria! Great job… I would love to have one of those from my cats!

  6. Maria September 20, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    So glad you liked it Simone and thanks for visiting!

    I’m not sure I can add anything “cat” to my collection – my husband is deathly allergic, so we don’t have any kitties living with us. We might be able to work out a custom piece, if you can supply the paw print! LOL

  7. Angela@spinachtiger September 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Maria, I like them. and, they come from your heart, it’s obivous.

  8. Maria September 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    Thanks Angela! Yes, this project is a labor of love for me 🙂

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