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A silver miniature book pendant.

Sometimes people come to me for a special commission. Often it is a request for work that is not related to my collections. I have to consider whether I can take on that particular job. Sometimes I refer to a fellow goldsmith, because I feel that the job is in better hands at their place.

But when I got the request from Toon to make a miniature book pendant, I didn't hesitate. I wanted to make the pendant. As a booklover and owner of a Little Library it was a commission I loved to make.

During the interview we came to a rough shape. An opened booklet with text on the pages, processed into a pendant. The text was written by Toon himself for his beloved Maria. How do I proceed from there? First I let the intent of the contract and the rough sketches act awhile for me. Eventually I get moving. The creative process involved the following steps:

  • How was I going to put the text in the silver? A handwriting was absolutely the best. There were many tests needed to find the right size!
  • What format would the book get, and in what proportions?
  • I had to make a special polymer mould on which the silverclay would dry.
  • Forming the silverclay, soldering the eyes on the back.
  • Then the finishing; gold on the sides and oxidising the words with sulfur, to make them black.

This gives an impression of my creative process. It was a great project to work on.
When the pendant was collected, Toon brought a book with him.
While he gave it to me he said "A book for a book" ...

The process of making a silver book pendant.

 

About La Leipsig

The jewellery which is sold under the brand name La Leipsig Jewels is based on Helga van Leipsig's observations of the nature in Limburg, a province in the south of The Netherlands.

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