The kick-off is this miniscule Victorian wooden hand mirror, most likely made as a doll's accessory. I've been nurturing this object for a long time and its time has finally come.
I love the upside-down orientation, so that's where my instinct starts me.
Time to remove the mirror.
Now I'm setting about cutting a small hole in the bottom of the handle and making a glass lens to fit.
This glass was melted in my kiln and will now be used as the lens.
My next major element is brought in - a 1940's brass coaster with the glass center removed. I cut the ring to enable me to shape it.
After deciding to form-fit the coaster brass to the mirror, I set to work.
So far, so good. Slow work.
The forming finished and soldered together, I can now turn to working out how to further modify and join them.
I'm going to make tabs that will fold around the wooden mirror, which will also serve to greatly reduce the depth of the piece.
Roughed out and ready to be finessed. At this point I'm thinking about hanging possibilities, while it's still in a rough state.
This fantastic steel-and-brass scissor handle is cut down and will make a perfect asymmetrical top to the pendant.
The right side chain is anchored to the brass body. The form is really taking discernable shape.
Join me next week to see where I'll take it. Comments are welcome!