A customer recently asked if I could make her a Jellyfish Pendant she could gift to a friend, so I devoted Wednesday this week to making a new batch of Jellyfish Pendants.
They start off as humble plain thimbles, but are soon transformed into totally unique pendants. I drill several holes into the silver. This is quite tricky on such a small delicate hollow object, but I’ve figured out a great way of doing this without distorting the shape of the thimble.
I then start working on the tendrils and this involves lots of short lengths of EcoSilver wire. I cut them and stand them up in some drilled wood – this always makes me think of sand dunes and the long grass that grows on them that blows about in the wind.
These pieces of wire are heated at the end and this make the end of the wire molten and form a ball.
Threaded through the drilled holes, the thimble starts to look less likea thimble and more like a jellyfish.
I then create an element from which I hang several lengths of chain at the centre of each pendant and this part also forms the bail which attaches the pendant to the chain. I was too involved in the process to photograph this stage and anyway, I don’t want to give away all my secrets…
Each thimble is different. This one is my favourite…
It’s the most expensive out of this batch as it uses the most silver. The design is gorgeous with flowers engraved all around the thimble, 11 of them. So I had to add 11 wire tendrils to fit in with the design. It also has extra wire coiled around the bail as I felt is needed a chunkier neck once it was finished. It’s engraved with the initial SMA. I’m not sure if these are the initials of the person who owned the thimble or whether it relates to the maker or an organisation.
The other three pendants are also lovely though. How I wish I could wear them all! Which one would you choose?
I’ve added all 4 pendants to my only shop but they are currently password protected. I’m waiting for my customer to order hers first before I open them up for public sale. She might opt for the one made from the thimble she initially selected or alternatively chose one of the others. I’ll just have to wait and see.
If you’d like to get your hands on one of these pendants, sign up to become a Milomade VIP here. Milomade VIPs get 24hrs early access to all new additions to my shop and I’ll be sending out an access code at some point in the next few days.