Stamped with the year & Derrick’s name. A hole is cut completely through for the cz to give it more light.
Shown with quarter. Lacquered for scratch & tarnish resistance.
Dragon lightly sanded to remove oxidation from high points. Burnished with agate burnisher. Jumpring soldered on. Dragon shown with Derrick’s beautiful original drawing.
I oxidized inside the silver line with Black Max. The silver is dipped into water afterwards to stop the acid process.
Here I’ve just started brushing the silver particles down. In the freshly fired state, all the silver particles are standing up.
This is the size before firing; beside it is the actual stamp impression.
Ok fresh out of the kiln. CZ looks great! Isn’t the silver beautiful in its white state? It shrinks 12% after all the clay is burnt off.
Ok ready for firing at 1650 degrees for 2 hours! It’s important to leave it 2 hours so the metal will be fully sintered together.
This is the final drawing based on Derrick’s original. I wanted the wing bones to be raised, so I darkened between them so the stamp would press a recess between, and I could oxidize the negative space.