A Musical Symmetry?

'Symmetry' Pendant - Artist's Impression

Sterling Silver ‘Symmetry’ Pendant

I had been puzzling for a while about how I could make a pendant to compliment my ‘Perfect Symmetry’ collection of rings.  Initially, I wanted to create something based around a circular design in recognition of the rings’ shape, but I could find no pleasing way of  incorporating the symmetrical scroll elements whilst also maintaining a true circle form.

Eventually I decided to just take a straight piece of round silver wire of significant diameter, taper the ends sufficiently to enable me to create the scrolls, and then play around with this and a pair of half round pliers until the metal took on an interesting shape.

Tapered Silver Wire in 'Symmetry' shape

Tapered Silver Wire in ‘Symmetry’ shape

Tapered silver wire and bezel with Iolite gemstone

Tapered silver wire and bezel with Iolite gemstone

After a good deal of bending, hammering and annealing, a good shape seemed to present itself.

Continuing with the twining tendrils theme, I added a further piece of scrolled wire to the top of the pendant to create a bail.  I am really pleased with this small detail which enhances the overall effect of the piece.

'Symmetry' Sterling Silver Pendant

‘Symmetry’ Sterling Silver – a work in progress

The bezel will be filled with a 6mm round deep violet Iolite stone, the companion to that used in the ‘Symmetry with Iolite’ ring.

On seeing the design sketches for this pendant, a colleague commented that it looked a little like a musical treble clef symbol; it’s not quite, but I’m now thinking how I could use that idea for a future design!

'Symmetry' Collection - Iolite Pendant and Ring

‘Symmetry’ Collection – Iolite Pendant and Ring

How a Glass of Wine Inspires?

Symmetry Collection of Sterling Silver Rings

Here are some examples from my latest collection of rings – the ‘Symmetry Collection’. Each ring has been hand forged from solid sterling silver, one example is a simple plain band of silver with beautifully crafted scrolled shank ends (using only hand and eye) , the others are similar but set with stunning gemstones.

The starting point for the design of these rings was the twirling tendrils of the grapevine. My affinity for the fermented juice of the grapevine is pretty legendary among those that know me (though never when playing with fire in my workshop – far too tricky to juggle a flaming torch and a wine glass at the same time!). The delicate tapering scrolls at the tips of the ring shank pay homage to the tenacious grip of the vine as it climbs to reach for the sun.

The taper is created by filing down the ends of a measured length of round silver wire using hand files and emery paper; after annealing the silver to soften it, the shank is formed using half round pliers and brute force, and then hammered around a ring triblet or former to the correct size and overlap. Constant annealing is required as the metal soon becomes work hardened and impossible to shape. Pliers are used to bend the thinner metal to create the scrolled ends; after further finishing and polishing the plain band ring is complete.

For the gem set versions, a similar process is undertaken to create the shank, but a bezel setting must be made and soldered into place to fit the chosen gemstone. Here I have used a 5mm round Iolite stone and a 4mm round Pink Tourmaline.  Both look fabulous in the finished rings.

Below are a few more images of the rings, but do take a peek at my studio on Artfire for more information.

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