I made this pendant using the "Dusky Salamander" as a model. It's made from a section of 3/16" steel dowel rod and a paper clip. I had a good time making it. The rod is available at any home improvement store.
Step 1: Turn the dowel
Spin the dowel and shave down the desired profile with a file.
Make sure it cools off before you touch it.
Step 2: Hammer out the body
During this step use pliers to bend the body the way you want it, but first use a sanding attachement to rough out the shape.
Make sure not to touch hot metal until it cools down.
Step 3: Refine the shape
To further refine it use a set of hobby files.
Step 4: Make the arms and legs
Step 5: Solder and polish
Use progressively finer sand paper to polish the salamander. I start with 400 grit, then move on to 1000, 2000, and finally polishing compound on a polishing wheel. The jump ring is also made from a paper clip.
Thanks for viewing.