I made a new manly pendant out of silver clay. It's a layered Blue Crab pendant. I took a few photos during the process. The pendant consisted of three separate pieces that were fused together.
First, I made the flat textured piece that you see in the back of the pendant.
Next, I made the open grid that is in the middle of the pendant. It is supposed to represent a crab trap. It was made with the syringe and a very fine tip. I had some trouble with this and had to do it twice. The first time, I forgot to lubricate the surface I was creating it on. So when I tried to remove it after it was dry, it stuck to the glass and broke into pieces. I guess I was in to much of a hurry to get the design out of my head and into the clay.
I'm saving the pieces you see above for a future project. I put a piece of plastic down on my board and made another grid pattern. Here's the new one that I used:
And the top piece, the crab is a thick square disk with a crab imprint:
And here are all three pieces before firing:
And once again, the final pendant and a photo of the backside. I gave it a rainbow patina that I just love. Especially because I got some blue into the body of the crab. It's supposed to be a Blue Crab after all! It's hard to tell from my not-so-great photo, but I gave the back and the top crab part a mirror finish.