I have my very own name lock pendant that is inspired by fan-favourite, Team Xtreme, no ordinary diva and WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2014, Amy Dumas aka “Lita”.
When I watched WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) formerly WWF (World Wrestling Federation) for the very first time and watched the Women’s Champion, Lita, with the Hardy Boyz on Channel 4 against Lo-Down and Ivory, Sunday Night Heat PPV. Lita is my old time favourite WWE Diva at all times and also inspired me to be different and unique as well. I am not a girl, but I can connect to her vibes such as be different, do something that a man or woman can’t do. E.g. Lita done hurracanaranas on male superstars and I am the only guy in my sewing and textile classes at college and university.
The pendant above was for sale in WWE Euroshop and WWEshop.com around in 2001 or 2002. I was only 12 or 13 years old that online shopping is unsafe that mentioned by my parents and I couldn’t shop online at that time because of my age and not eligible for a bank card.
Once, the item is gone, I was fortunate to save the image above for my reference and I spoken to my silversmith tutor regarding to my lock pendant project. It was over 2 years ago when it is all started and especially that I have put extra time and dedication to ensure that my pendant is in shape. Ready to go and make the item itself.
I worked on the art clay copper to begin with to avoid mistakes with the Art Clay Silver. The copper clay is very cheap to get and a good time to experiment and learn while you working on the project also mistakes along the way of the process. Art clay is clay with metal particles, you treat it almost the same as the pottery ceramics clay, but once it is all fired, it will be real 99.9% metal. You can be flexible with the art clay of making something like the ones below
Here, is the photos of what I made from Art Clay copper to my lock pendant mockup. Making some square panels.
Making a frame for my pendant
Made rectangles for the sides
My own name design for the syringe
Practice first before doing the real thing.
Snake rolled for the lockbar
Syringed writing and the form is taking into place.
The final piece before everything is fired, (biscuit dry)
The final piece, in metal form (copper)
The final outcome.
As you can see the final outcome, it didn’t look as great when it is all broken, but I have learnt a lot from the work I put into it as a sample piece. I learnt about having strong connections of the joints and putting more paste and leave it to dry is very important to keep it more durable and also getting rid of holes and cracks too.
Once, I done it all in copper… This is the hardest part in silver!
I started by etching my name onto the silver clay!
When I made the lockbar and made the top panel for the attachment together, I sanded the base of the top panel.
I cross hatch the base of the top piece and the top of the box, applied silver syringe paste and left it to dry, then I carved the unwanted edges away.
I really enjoyed working with art clay especially that working with copper first that is cheap and can do all the mistakes first and taking notes before doing it in silver that is more expensive than copper. Doing various of techniques which I learnt from ceramics clay to this, but it will be in purely metal other than pottery and china. If you are interested with my work, or want commissions please go to my facebook page: Ka-Ho Leung Fashion, follow me on twitter: @KaHoLeungDesign or @KaHoJakeLeung1. If you enjoyed reading my posts, please follow me on here and share this article with your friends!