This polished sterling necklace has a 1″ tall tag with my son’s birthday. Plain and simple, modern and timeless. At the top are a jade oval bead, a cobalt seed bead and a clear glass leaf with gold veins.
I started out with a sheet of silver and hand-sawed the rectangle out of it. I sanded the edges smooth with files and 360 and 400 grit sandpaper. Then I used a dapping hammer and letter stamps to stamp the numbers into the hard metal. At the top, I drilled a hole and inserted a piece of copper tubing. Using the mushroom-shaped dapping hammer on a steel block, I rounded over the edges of the tube until smooth. I finished it with 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper and took it to the bench grinder. I used a red rouge polishing compound and a white tripoli to ensure a mirror shine.
All in all, it took about 4 hrs but created a very interesting piece.