Since I sold the first one I made, I went to jewelry class today with the intention of making a second one to keep for myself. Somewhere along the way I decided to make one without the gold accent. Voila:
The hand-fabricated lotus petal is made with 20g (.7mm) sterling silver plate. I drew the design with a sharpie directly onto the metal, then cut it out with a jeweler’s saw.
Next, I filed the edges smooth and rubbed out any scratches with emery paper. I then stamped the back with my initials and domed the piece so it is concave.
The hardest part of this whole project (and really, most of the projects I do) was soldering the jump ring onto the lotus petal. It doesn’t seem to matter how much experience I have in making jewelry–soldering jump rings to something else is always a challenge.
I finished the pendant by burnishing the inside of the lotus petal with my flex shaft using a wire brush attachment. I added a 16″ chain and a hand-fabricated clasp, and I’m very pleased with the result.