I’ve been wanting to do more Irish jewelry. I did a Claddagh ring a while back.
It had some Celtic weaving in the band and a fairly generic heart and crown at the front. Its my wedding ring, actually. Yes, I’m Irish.
So my problem has been that I really like the idea of a shamrock pendant, but I’ve always hated how they look. They’re so damn soft-looking and I wanted something a little edgier. The Maltese have it easy because nothing looks more badass than a Maltese cross. I made one for Gregg a while back, actually. I’m not Maltese, though, so I’m not wearing it no matter how cool it looks.
I found myself sketching out pendants the other day and I started to play with things like the nautical star and compass and the overall Maltese cross shape. I just wanted to do a new pendant and wanted something cool.
But if you look in the bottom right hand corner of the page, I think I finally figured out a way to do a shamrock that actually looks badass. It uses the Maltese silhouette, but its definitely not a cross.
As you can see here, I just started carving out the wax for this puppy. Its going to take some time, but I think it will end up looking slick as hell. I’m going to make it a slider pendant. These are really comfortable and they look a lot more modern then simply wearing a pendant hanging (which can make you look like an 80’s coke dealer.)
This gives you an idea of how the wax would sit on a chain. I’m going to keep working with the pendant to get it to be even less Maltese-looking. Stay tuned for more.