I am woman, hear me forge!

I want to share this piece that I made as a holiday gift for a very talented metalsmith. I only had a day and a half to figure out what I would do and how I would do it, that's why I chose to close the back as simply as possible with a jump ring hinge flap. Usually I would tap out a threaded set of screw holes, but I knew that I did not have enough time for that.

Among many other things, this metalsmith forges the sterling silver knife blades for her flatware on a handmade wooden stand for her steel block, so I decided to depict her doing this very thing in a mechanical pendant. When you pull on the little flower bud (she is also an avid gardener), she hammers! This is the first time that I've used a spring mechanism; I think it worked well and will definitely try one again.

Kim Nogueira