|Greek Coin Pendant by Wink Artisans|
So my parameters were:
- Do not solder the coin... this meant it had to be set.
- Show both sides of the coin.
- Make the pendant bigger, if possible double the size of the coin.
- Sterling silver was the metal to be used.
How I was to set the coin was not clear yet. I had not actually seen the coin live. I had no idea how thick it was, or how delicate it was. Initially, I was thinking of a prong setting, then lateral tabs, but then again, both sides of the coin had to be visible so those would not work in such a small coin.
Then I started thinking about a prong/teeth setting that could work for both sides. So that was the plan. My client opted for the horizontal plate shape. Now, it was time to get the actual coin. Meanwhile, my eyes started acting out and making it difficult for me to work.
Once I got the coin, the actual setting was to change, the coin was uneven. Not only was not a perfect circle, but the thickness was worn on one side more than the other. Also, it was a little bigger that was I had projected. I had to sketch the shape once again to make sure the coin fit. Right round this time, my eyes were really out of commission. I went to the optometrist and after some tests, I was told that I might need a procedure call refraction. Okay, I'm getting older I thought. I decided to let my eyes rest and put the order aside.
|The melted setting.|
|Setting soldered to the silver plate.|
|Coin about to be set.|
Now, I'm ready for the next challenge, who says me?
|The front, a laureate head of Zeus|
|The back, a seated Pan.|