Pendants with Stars

There’s something intrinsically satisfying about star-shapes, and they look good as pendants.

 

Pendant - pod - SIlver

Pendant – pod – SIlver

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.

Pendant locket: Silver, shakudo, garnet

Pendant locket: Silver, shakudo, garnet

Pendant Locket verso: Silver, shakudo, garnet.

Pendant Locket verso: Silver, shakudo, garnet.

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.

Pendant: Silver, harlequin quartz

Pendant: Silver, harlequin quartz

Harlequin quartz pendant verso

Harlequin quartz pendant verso

The six-pointed star has specific resonances for Jewish and Hindu believers. I found the magnificent hexagonal quartz, and the pendant developed from there.

Pendant: Silver: seven-pointed star

Pendant: Silver: seven-pointed star

Pendant verso - Silver, seven-pointed star

Pendant verso – Silver, seven-pointed star

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.

Pendant: seven-pointed star - Silver, gold, sapphire

Pendant: seven-pointed star – Silver, gold, sapphire

Another, different seven-pointer, this one mixing metals and incorporating the client’s stone.

Pendant: Eight-pointed star: Silver, aquamarine.

Pendant: Eight-pointed star: Silver, aquamarine.

Pendant verso: Silver, aquamarine

Pendant verso: Silver, aquamarine

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.

Pendant: 10-pointed star - Silver, rutile quartz

Pendant: 10-pointed star – Silver, rutile quartz

Here’s one with ten points – set around a magnificent rutilated quartz.

Pendant: Silver, garnet

Pendant: Silver, garnet

Ans this final one, made from sticky wax and cast, has sixteen points.

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