I made this pendant for an artist friend of mine. I chose the colors of the palette based on a painting she did. I placed them in the same order ,from top to bottom, as I saw them in her painting. Hope she likes it.
I used steel, brass and, polymer clay.
Step 1: Mount a nail in a drill press
Spin a nail in a drill press. Use a file to make the profile of a paint brush. Once you have the shape you want hammer it flat. Continue the refine the shape with a file. Just like my steel butterfly pendant
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
When I was a kid, one Christmas, I got a paint palette calculator. I’ve longed since lost the calculator but I got a little laugh when I found the image online. I cut and paste it into Microsoft paint and reduced it to 45% it’s original size. I then used a pen, pressing hard, to cut out the silhouette of the palette.
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
Drill a hole at the top of the pendant and paint brush. Suspend the pendant as if it were on a chain to see how it hangs. Use a pencil to mark out the brush. Once you have that marked you can mark out where you’ll place the colors.
Use a center punch to mark the palette and then drill out the holes.