Etched Fish Rectangular Pendant

Etched Fish Rectangular Pendant

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This pendant shows tiny fish in a decorative rectangular pendant. The pattern was etched from an Indian pattern book.

Etching is a fun but time consuming process. You start out with sheet silver. You choose your pattern, in this case from my Indian design book, 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. After you have achieved a deep enough etch the silver is neutralized and the blue design is scrubbed off with a solvent.

I cut the piece out of the sheet metal with a jeweler's saw. I filed and then smoothed all sides with sand paper. I soldered two rings on the back to hold the chain.

After polishing the pendant the little fish were painted with patina, to give me the blues and greens I love.

They say this style of pendant makes the wearer look taller. I think this is a gender neutral pendant.

Dimensions: 1 and 7/8th inch X 1 inch

Sterling silver box chain 18 inches.