I used steel, brass and, polymer clay.
Step 1: Mount a Nail in a Drill Press
For the collar of the brush, cut a small piece of brass and wrap it around just above the bristles. Solder it in place. Solder brass wire above and below the collar to make it look more believable.
Step 2: Trace and Cut
I cut the shape out on my scroll saw and refined the shape with a file. For the inner hole I drilled a hole and used a file to shape it. I’m using 22 gage sheet metal from the Home Improvement store.
Step 3: Drill and Mark, Mark and Drill
Use a center punch to mark the palette and then drill out the holes.
Step 4: Prepare the Holes
At this point you can use the same bur to make perfect circles at the front of the pendant. I like the uneven shapes so I left them as is.
Cut a piece for the back side of the holes and solder it on. Use a file to clean up the edges and make them even.
Step 5: Polish and Clay
Use 400 grit sand paper followed by 1000, 2000, and then polishing compound on a polishing wheel to make the brush and palette shine.
The clay I’m using came from the craft store for $6.00. It hardens in the oven at 230 degrees for 30 minutes. Cut off small pieces of clay and press them into the holes. Use water to wet your finger tips to smooth it out. Make sure you fingers are clean before you move on to the next color.
Bake the clay in the oven as mentioned above.
Step 6: Make Up the Chain
Link it all together.