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"Gryphon Pendant" by Julie Raymond

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Yay, this little gryphon is my pride and joy, result of many hours of tedious work. I made this pendant in jewelry class at my high school. I started with a hunk of wax and carved the head and body with a sharp metal tool. I then carved the two tiny wings (separately) out of wax and melted them onto the back of the gryphon. Lastly I added a loop to the back so that I could attach it to a chain. I cast it in plaster, which my teacher fired to make the mold. Then my teacher cast the gryphon out of silver in this big, loud, scary spinning contraption, of which I forget the name. I filed some of the air bubbles and rough edges, but as you can see I could not remove all of them. Some of the buubles worked to my advantage though, because the eye is actually an air bubble, and there is one on teh ear that looks like an earring. Pretty nifty. Then I polished it to make it so shiny and lovely, and that's all, folks! I did not make the chain. I'd go bonkers if I had to make all those miniscule links. Actual size: less than 2 inches tall. Now that I look at this picture, I find it to be rather unflattering. Oh well. Trust me, it looks much better in person.

20 Aug 200445 Laurelindorenae
OMG !This is soooo cool ! Great , now I want one ;D

:-) Julie Raymond replies: "Thanks, I'm glad someone likes it so much. 2 Although I don't think I'll ever do it again: way too much work!"
29 Aug 200445 Tempa Spyder
i can see EVERY LITTLE BUBBLE!!! sorry, its just that the air bubbles make it imperfect which shows that YOU made it. is it hard like silver?

:-) Julie Raymond replies: "Yeah, now I'm beginning to think that showing the deatil in this one is not such a good idea because of all those bubbles. Yes, this is made out of silver and those bubbles are the result of air bubbles in the plaster mold. In reality they are veeery tiny and rather impossible to file away... so I guess I'm stuck with them."
16 Sep 2004:-) Keri a kelley
Eh, it doesn't look half bad to me. In my experiences with casting, we had a vacuum seal to pull the air from the plaster, making investing a better deal. My high school never had equipment like that, though... in fact, we never had anything like a crucible at all... so you're lucky to have the experience 2. Anyway, yay for the lost wax process.
26 Sep 200445 Seren D
You have good reason to be proud of that. It's an absolutely beautiful piece of jewelry. I'm ever-so impressed.
26 Sep 200445 I'm a weirdo!
Oh, nice shading. I like gryphons, they are really cool! I have a pendant that looks like that, and I'm wearing it, so, I was thinking, 'Is this some ad, or something, because it looks Awesome!' Great going!
9 Jul 200645 Thorn
You know what? This is AMAZING!!! Can't work clay half as well..
Oh well, GREAT JOB! ITS GREAT!!! That really sums up my opinion of it..Amazing and great work2
5 Jan 2007:-) Barbara J. Wickham
It must be great to have such a one-of-a-kind treasure like this! For the size you did a fantastic job on the details and it looks very medieval. Wicked! Three cheers for lucky air bubbles and happy accidents!
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'Gryphon Pendant':
 • Created by: :-) Julie Raymond
 • Copyright: ©Julie Raymond. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Cast, Gryphon, Jewelry, Metal, Necklace, Pendant, Silver
 • Categories: Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters
 • Techniques: Other
 • Submitted: 2004-09-03 00:25:56
 • Views: 1756
 • Resolution: 231x236

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