A Crowning Achievement

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When one of your favorite customers ask you to make a pair of crowns for their upcoming story book wedding, what else is there to do but enthusiastically agree? With a design in mind, several pieces of graph paper, and a large piece of graph paper, I cut out the basic shape and textured it with a ball peen hammer. I measured and cut a heavy copper band and soldered it in place for added rigidity and comfort in wearing. Using 12 gauge copper wire, I cut and shaped the pieces that would go on the top and soldered them in place one by one using silver solder.

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Once the ornamentation was in place, I rounded the crown and soldered it in place.

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Using a 20 inch wooden mandrel and a leather mallet, I hammered out the crown to give it an even shape.

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My husband liked it so much, and it fit so well, he almost made off with it!

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Husband was kind enough to sandblast it, since it wouldn’t fit into the pickle pot in my shop!

I made the sterling decoration for the front of the crown. The stone was a piece of custom dichroic glass purchased from an Etsy artist.

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A couple of coats of silver duracoat were added, and the finished product was beautiful!

Can I say that we felt like absolute rock stars when we finished this?

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About moonkistdesigns

I'm a resident of upstate South Carolina, and live with a spoiled and opinionated Doberman named Remington, a Chihuahua mix who thinks she is a Doberman, and several really rotten cats! I have a muse that wakes me up with jewelry designs in the middle of the night, and a studio that is my favorite place in the world. I first began my jewelry career when I was 10. I started out cutting cabochons (they're the rounded-non faceted stones) at the local gem and mineral club in Augusta, GA. When I turned 14, I took silversmithing and fabrication lessons from a local bench jeweler, and I've been making jewelry ever since! From 2005-2008 I taught beginning silversmithing at Earthspeak Arts Jewelry school in Asheville, NC. In 2008, I started Moonkist Designs and now I enjoy creating artisan crafted mixed metal jewelry! Please visit our store at www.moonkistdesigns.com; or our Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistdesigns, www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistcreations, or www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistgallery.
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2 Responses to A Crowning Achievement

  1. Elizabeth Rosner says:

    Bought one of your beautiful “stacking rings” last month at a shop in San Miguel de Allende, MEXICO. Aqua blue chalcedony. I am now a devoted fan of your work (and may have to begin stacking)….

    • moonkistdesigns says:

      Thank you for the kind compliment, Elizabeth! I look forward to making you something soon!

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