Inspired by a pendant the metal class instructor wears from time to time, I asked if she could show me how to make one. It’s basically two cupped circles soldered on the edge. While hers has a floral motif on it, I chose a sand dollar.
In 2012, when our architecture masters class went on a research trip to Mozambique, I found a sand dollar on the beach in Maputo – they are quite easy to find there. I liked Mozambique so much, I wanted to go work there after graduation. The sand dollar skeletons in Mozambique look a little different to the design on my pendant – the Florida “key-hole” dollar fit the circular design better.
As far as detail, I tried to give it a little dented texture – much like the sea dollar segments. I was told not to polish it too much with the machine, but to polish it by hand with sandpaper instead – I think that added to the washed-up texture and feel.
I did a variation on a sea-star at the back – in keeping with the theme. I left the centre intact to retain structural integrity.