The photo to the left is created with 2 cut out pieces of sheet metal. The base piece I cut a bit longer than I want the pendant to be so I can thread a piece of wire through and roll the top of the metal backwards. It is then hammered flat and makes a tight cold connection. But I'm getting ahead of myself, that is one of the last steps.
After cutting out the sheet metal, I first hammer each piece to create texture then
sand all the rough edges. A hole was drilled on the each piece of metal so I could apply a copper rivet later to connect the top and bottom.
Each piece of metal is coated with a layer of clear gesso on the front and back. This must dry thoroughly. I do this so that when painted the paint adheres well to the metal. Many layers of paint are applied, sealing each layer with a satin acrylic sealer each time.
Once it is painted where I like the look, I rivet the two pieces together. An old rusty washer was glued on, centered over the rivet with E6000 and left to dry for a day.
When completely dried, I then roll the top of the metal backwards. The wire at each end is closed and jump rings were threaded through them. A final layer of sealer was applied.
A chain can then be put through the jump rings to finish the pieces.
Metal Pendant with Sand Texture
Instead of creating two closed loops with the wire at each end of the top, I created a hanger like bail and added a jump ring so a chain could be threaded through
Using Old Hardware Components
This piece can be worn from either the front or back side.
Using Broken Shells to Make Pendants
Once painted it was wire wrapped with copper wire then embellishments were added to the top- this one has an old blue bingo chip with a metal rim which is then topped with a polymer clay disk.