Attack of the Thimble Jellyfish

The making of a unique Jellyfish Pendant made from a Sterling Silver Thimble. An old thimble getting a new lease of life as a jellyfish pendant.

In my last journal post I showed you the making of my first thimble Jellyfish Pendant. It was a complete make it up as I went along piece and I love the final result.

I like to product test all new designs and have been wearing this thimble pendant everyday since it was made and so far encountered no issues with it what so ever. It’s gorgeous in every way!

Wouldn’t you agree?

The making of a unique Jellyfish Pendant made from a Sterling Silver Thimble.

So with my product testing done and so much positive feedback from my Instagram followers, I decided to make a few more. If you’re on Instagram, you will have seen evidence of this. Unfortunately I can no longer access my Facebook page, so no updates there.

The making of a unique Jellyfish Pendant made from a Sterling Silver Thimble. I decided to make from more from the other thimble I had.

This time around I timed my making process, documented it a little more and refined the way each element was added to get the final result.

The making of a unique Jellyfish Pendant made from a Sterling Silver Thimble. An old thimble getting a new lease of life as a jellyfish pendant.

So alongside the first Jellyfish Pendant, I have four more which are all totally unique. It’s a very small limited edition run and I’m not sure when I’ll make any more. I’m not saying I’ll never make any more, I just don’t know when I’ll acquire some more thimbles to work with.

I’ve looked online to see if I could purchase some more thimbles and was shocked to find that individual sterling silver thimbles can sell for quite a high price on eBay. Since I started looking, the ones I’ve ‘watched’ have all sold for over £20! For one thimble! Argh!

The Finished Jellyfish Pendants

I have four finished Jellyfish Pendants which will be available for you to buy soon. However I can only show you three of them at the moment. For some reason, I only have photographs of three of them. The final pendant will need to be photographed when I get round to listing these pendants in my online shop. It’s a classic case of so much to do, so little time.


The first pendant I want to show you has a clear hallmark on it, which dates it back to 1896 and it was assayed by a maker with the mark C&Co in Chester. I can’t find any information on who this maker was unfortunately.


The next pendant I want to show you is a little bit different. it doesn’t have a hallmark on it and instead has a serial number and Pat 7 engraved into it. I thought this thimble might be silver, but after I soldered on the wiggly wire tendrils and put it in the pickle pot, the tendrils got copper plated.

Copper plating occurs when steel or iron come into contact with silver in the pickle solution which confirms that the thimble is not silver. It’s probably silver plated. The added bit of colour is rather unusual and I like it. The copper plated tendrils look lovely contrasted against the dangling silver chains. What do you think?

The making of a unique Jellyfish Pendant made from a Sterling Silver Thimble. An old thimble getting a new lease of life as a jellyfish pendant.
After I took this photo, I decided to oxidise the thimble and polish it back a little – this made it a lot darker than it is in the image below, but still totally gorgeous.

The final pendant I want to show you has a hallmark and although it’s quite worn, I can decipher it to be that of Robert Pringle & Sons. The thimble was assayed in Chester in 1890.


The other pendant I made, which I don’t currently have a photo of, was also assayed in Chester, but this time in 1893 by Charles Horner. I’ll try and get a photo of it and it here soon.


I want to add these four new Jellyfish Pendants to my online shop ASAP, but at the moment life is getting very much in the way of work, so I’m not sure how soon I can do this. Once listed in my shop, my mailing list subscribers will the first to be notified.

So if you would like to buy one of these Jellyfish Pendants, I suggest you sign up to my mailing list and become a Milomade VIP – that way you’ll be the first to know when they’re available to buy.

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