Silver horse pendant handcrafted
The realization of this horse pendant is a custom creation for the account of a customer from a photo taken during a racehorse of a horse in full gallop.
The completion of this pendant faced several challenges:
- the restitution of the details of the photo as well for the horse as the jockey
- give the impression of movement of gallop visible in the photo
- a size of 25 mm in length for the horse.
- A complete 3D sculpture of the horse
This work was done by carving the horse and its rider in a piece of wax before casting it in silver in a suitable mold.
Notre pendentif d'un cheval au galop sculpté en argent massif, issus de notre service de création en ligne
The sculpture of the horse in wax
Our work begins with the carving of a piece of jeweler's wax from the photo given for reference, visible here.
The horse used as a model for carving
We begin by drawing the contours of the horse and jockey on a piece of thick wax, then cut it, this piece is then refined on the outline.
At this point, the sculpture of the horse and the jockey is finished, faithfully reproducing the details visible in the photo we serve as a model.
We can distinguish the hooves, the tail and the ears of the horse, as well as its equipment (bridle and reins and blinkers) and finally the number on the saddle of the jockey and his helmet.
On this last picture we can see the dynamic rendering of the sculpture giving us the impression that our horse is actually galloping.
Wax sculpture of a galloping horse with his jockey
The silver manufacture of the pendant
Our finalized sculpture is then used to make a mold in which molten silver is poured.
This process of casting with lost wax allows us to obtain our silver pendant, visible here in the rough state before finishing.
Handcrafted horse pendant during the making process
We must then deburr and retouch our silver piece and solder the bail support allowing the passage of the chain of our pendant.
Galloping silver horse pendant
Following this, we can polish the jewel, while reworking the texture of the metal to give it a non-smooth rendering giving the appearance of the fur of the horse.
With the finishes and the contrasting details (blackening hollows and polishing reliefs) we can appreciate the final result and the detailed rendering of the silver sculpture compared to the picture presented at the beginning of the article.
You can see here all the details of the horse and his jockey here.
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- 18k gold horseshoe pendant
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