Two of the most darling granddaughters of a dear customer was fond of their horse. The existing horseshoe pendants out in the wild were mostly caricatures or overly abstract. It's time to make a horseshoe a true fanatic would be proud of.
Looking at a few images of real horseshoes, the mind begins to envision the various shapes and features involved.
A small piece of carving wax is cut out such that its dimensions serve as constraints to the pendant's final size.
Carving an initial shape like this requires a delicate touch to avoid snapping the piece in two.
Hollowing grooves are carved so that they run equidistant from the edges.
Nail holes are hand-drilled into place. The wax model is unmistakably a horseshoe now.
A tunnel is made at the ends of the horseshoe. This will permit a chain to slip through without having to resort to soldering any bail loops. The model is now ready to be turned into gold via the lost-wax casting process.
14k yellow gold horseshoes freshly cast.
Casting sprues are removed and all surfaces are polished to a brilliant shine.
A simple gold chain through the ends ensure the luck doesn't spill out of this ready-to-wear pendant.
Check out our updated version created in CAD.