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Making the "Toccata" Pendant

First Sketches
First set of sketches

In “Toccata”, four meandering ribbon-like lines curl back on themselves and then interlace with each other. Follow the design from sketches to prototypes, see the sequence of steps that creates the pendant.

Pipe Cleaner Pre-prototype

I use pipe cleaners to test the design in three dimensions and tell me approximately how long to make each section.

Silver Prototype

The silver prototype is a full-scale model, testing the 3-dimensional design in woven metal. The prototype is where I refine the design. For "Toccata", it shows me that all sections must have a uniform width (i.e., 3 wires) and the bottoms must interlace, rather than hang down straight (as in the pipe cleaner prototype). I added a pipe cleaner to simulate a more pleasing shape and width for the mid-section. The prototype becomes the shaping guide for the gold pendant.

Completed "Toccata"
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Click the arrows to see the sequence of steps to make the pendant

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