Tavia, Posted May 26, 2010
One of the things I love about my job is designing and creating one-of-a-kind custom work for clients. This past Mother's Day was filled with custom orders and I found myself involved with some really interesting projects. I would like to take a moment and share with you the process of making one of these special items, a Mother's Day locket. Made of Sterling Silver, family diamonds, and a little boy's hair, this is one extraordinary locket for one lucky Nana.
3. Back of locket-stamped & prepped 4. getting ready for pressing
12. accents and bezel soldered 13. another view
15. and 16. binding wire holds parts together for soldering, heat stop protects previous solder seams from flowing again
17. heat stop dried out after soldering 18. lid of locket design
19. design stamped on lid 20. lid formed by press
23. settings for stones soldered in place 24. bail soldered on for coil
25. Hinge started on one side 26. Hinge in progress
27. Hinge pin ends balled up 28. hinge complete
29. one end of Catch complete 30. other end of catch
31. Catch complete 32. Dots mark the spots
33. drill holes through settings 34. seats for stones complete
39. a look inside 40. Inserting Noah's hair
41.Acrylic window to set & hold in hair 42.Acrylic window put in place
46.The back of the locket complete
48. Locket on and open.
I truly enjoyed making this heirloom locket. A highly involved, process heavy, wearable object honoring the love between a grandson and his Nana. I am honored to have been the creator of such a magnificent piece! I hope you enjoyed seeing the process!