Making the Dahlia

Making the Dahlia pendant was a blast from start to finish! My client wanted this particular glass cabochon and a dahlia flower. Beyond that I was able to do what I wanted!

First I sketched it out by hand and then I redrew it in the computer to make it more precise.  

 Then I put on my magnifying glasses, which I like to refer to as my but eyes.  The dahlia is barely more than an inch across so there was no way I could cut the insides of the petals to be as delicate as I wanted without help seeing!
And I started cutting everything out.   Laid the pieces out.  Formed up the petals and started soldering.   Cut and soldered the bottom bits together and made the bezels. To make the cabochons appear more blue I painted the backs with black and scratched some of the black off again until it was the right ratio of blue and red that I wanted.  Finally I polished it up until it shined and set the cabochons. 

I am so happy I got the chance to make this piece. And I’m even happier my client loves it as much ado do!

Someday I think this would be beautiful in gold with welo opals too!

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