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.
Once the ornamentation was in place, I rounded the crown and soldered it in place.
Using a 20 inch wooden mandrel and a leather mallet, I hammered out the crown to give it an even shape.
My husband liked it so much, and it fit so well, he almost made off with it!
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.
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?