Hamza pendant. The pattern was etched onto sterling silver. I cut the Hamza form out using a jeweler's saw, refined the edges with a file and sandpaper, then polished it. Patina was painted on for color accent.
Etching is a fun, but time consuming process. You start out with sheet silver. You choose your pattern, and print it on special paper. You burnish the design on to the heated metal and then peel off the paper. The silver sheet is then floated on an acid bath. The exposed metal gets etched with the selected pattern. The metal is neutralized in a bath. The blue paper is scrubbed off with a solvent.
Hamza or Hamesh is a respected symbol in many communities over the world, meant to protect the person who wears it from evil.
The dimensions of the Hamza are 1 and 3/4 inch long X 1 and 1/4 inch wide.
The chain is sterling silver box chain.