Have you ever had a stone that you were excited to set but idea after idea didn’t seem right? I recently found myself agonizing over setting this stone, definitely the most challenging one I’d ever faced. It was a stibnite in Calcite crystals.
After heavy texturing, filing and drilling on the copper sheet, I finally produced the background I was satisfied with. The texture was interesting, the claws tore through the copper, things were looking great until I set the stone back on the sheet. It sat too high and was terribly unstable.
So, soon I found myself back at the drawing board. I eventually decided that the only true way to stabilize it was to pierce the middle of the sheet and sink the bottom of the stone down into it. After sawing and filing, I succeeded and the stone finally lay at a much better angle.
Here I dropped a few headpins in place around the edges to hold the stibnite in place. The last thing I did before the finishing work was to create a frame around the bottom of the pendant to protect the fragile pendant from breaking then protected it with a piece of leather, as well.
To finish, I dipped it in an LOS bath, burnished the claws, hung the chain, created tassels and set the stibnite. Finally, the claw pendant was finished.