Sterling silver California Sea Lion pendant with 16" sterling silver chain. Formed in sterling silver with a 1.5mm sterling silver rolo chain, hand-cut. Pendant is 1.75" wide. A playful and funky necklace for the animal lover, zookeeper, or quirky jewelry lover!
Image depicts a California Sea Lion swimming gracefully!
This necklace looks best on a short-mid length chain so it can rest near the collarbones and décolletage, but looks wonderful longer too.
How it's Made:
First, the artist applies the pattern/image to the metal (sterling silver in 18 gauge thickness) that is hand-drawn onto metal or tape.
They used a jeweler's saw and a very tiny saw blade (5/0) to carefully hand cut the image out and add any characteristics, such and fur or horns.
The artist sands and files the outside edge gently to remove the sharp edges and also the front and back of the piece to achieve a smooth canvas for the patina.
They then gently hammer the piece to give it the rippling effect.
The pendant then gets a bath in liver of sulfur, is washed off, and dried, then fine steel wool is used to remove some of the oxidation caused by the liver of sulfur.
After the first bath in the liver of sulfur (that smells as bad as the name suggests), the sterling chain is attached, and handmade jump rings attach it to the pendant.
Retail Price: $98
Shipping to winner available for an additional fee.
Donated By Zoo Infinity and Beyond