There’s something intrinsically satisfying about star-shapes, and they look good as pendants.
I found this star-shaped pod in the fynbos in Nieuwoudtville, growing on a creeper. The satisfying symmetry caught my eye, and I got Harald to cast it for me.
The pendant locket above decorates the most basic star – the 5-pointed one – with foliage on one side and plays on the star’s rays on the reverse.
The six-pointed star has specific resonances for Jewish and Hindu believers. I found the magnificent hexagonal quartz, and the pendant developed from there.
Seven pointed stars are less common, but it’s a symmetry I enjoy. The technique is called piercing – basically cutting out with a very fine coping saw, by hand.
Another, different seven-pointer, this one mixing metals and incorporating the client’s stone.
My friend Duncan Miller cut the fantastic aquamarine. Since you can’t really make a convincing four-pointed star that’s not a cross, I made an eight-pointed star. I have made stars with nine points, but I can’t find a picture. I’ll have to make another.
Here’s one with ten points – set around a magnificent rutilated quartz.
Ans this final one, made from sticky wax and cast, has sixteen points.