A client recently contacted me about re-making a piece of jewelry her mother’s worn for years since it was gifted from daughter to mom.
The rectangular pendant is base metal with an etching; under magnification, it looks a lot like daffodils.
They asked if the base metal piece, which was wearing out — and had even been re-coated with silver nail polish and even spray paint –could be remade in silver. But how to recreate the pendant EXACTLY? The answer is a model, and Precious Metal Clay.
So far, so good.. it took a few tries to get the mould impression right; and also required cleaning of the layers of paint from some areas of the original. Once the impression was made, I used tools to deepen and more clearly define the image.