Greta Garbo's Pendant | Maker's Bench
How It’s Made
Once the drawing has been approved we can start the process of carving the wax models
Next Step cast and finish the components
One of our favorite parts of working at the bench is getting the castings back from the caster. With fingers crossed we open up the box with hope that they all came our well. The 26 waxes were now all in a beautiful matte finish yellow bronze.
Working within a fixed budget we could not acquire custom cut old mine cut gems. So we set the radiant gemstones table side down to help create the illusion of old diamond cuts
Soldering and finishing the pendant
We soldered the components on the backplate in several steps. You had to be careful not to get the backplate too hot or it will warp from the heat. After the final bath of hydrogen peroxide and alcohol which removes the copper coloring and reveals the color of the bronze.
Once the pendant was complete it was hand delivered to the Academy Museum.