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:
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!