This is a first example with Glass Enameling on silver. The process is called Champlevé and is very similar to perhaps the more familiar process calle Cloisonné. It is colored glass fused to metal. I don't have any problem after studying the procedure and procuring the proper materials and tools. KautzCraft Studio has since made a dozen more of this design.
This is the Mobil Gas Pegasus which as a display sign has been a feature of downtown Dallas, Texas for many years. It has recently been renovated. My (adult) daughter is a member of a Dallas in-line skating club and this is their mascot and club name. Look closely, this is why this Pegasus is wearing in-line skates.
This pendant is almost 1.5 inches wide. Glass enameling usually has to be done on fine silver as the copper in sterling causes oxides in the high temp glass fusing process. However, there is a way to prep sterling sliver that creates a thin barier of pure silver and lets me work with the more durable sterling aloy of silver.
This design with very tiny paw print charms was done at the request of my daughter. She and her husband share their home with two min-pin dogs and two cats. She told me something like a paw print would be a desireable pendant for like minded pet owners. I was also told she preferred something rather small.
That tempted the creation of these very tiny charms as a chalange on how small I could cast silver. They turned out quite nice to my eye.
Here we have two dog and two cats paws representing her pets. Left to right they are dog, cat, dog, cat. After doing the research, these prints are correct for each species, but not specific to any certain breed. A fun project and 12 copies of each print were made.
Horse Head Pendant
When you look close you can see the design contains many musical symbols. The design of the horse in Texas and the music symbols tie in appropriate for my wife's personal silver collection. Note the background has been blackened to highlight the design but apears a bit lighter in this photograph. It is one inch in height.
KautzCraft Studio does make other jewelry besides pendants. Making rings is a very enjoyable project. A ring was my very first lost wax silver casting project. Here are two rings just completed for my wife Gloria. They are a Valentine present for 2016. The ring with the cross is of course, a Christian ring and the three lines (each side) represent the Trinity.The ring on the right is a hand carved twisted two strand rope signifying our togetherness for over fifty years.