This piece was inspired by one from my personal collection. My sister gifted me a 1930s St Christoper medal for my 40th birthday. I wear it every day, you may be one of the many people who have spotted it and commented on it from one of my studio videos/photos.
This pendant was cast from a 1970s West German made St Christoper medal. The original piece was made from "pot metal", a term used to describe non-precious and non-iron containing metals that came from scraps thrown into the "pot". They were then later melted down to be cast into objects for the motoring industry some 100+ years ago. Pot metal isn't something you want to wear on your skin, so having a mould made and casting this piece in precious metal gives it a new life; allowing people who can wear sterling silver or 9ct gold to wear it against their skin.
The piece was cast in Melbourne using the lost wax method and hand finished in my Otway forest studio. This medal is large, has a fabulous hefty weight to it and has a blank cartouche shield on the back that could be engraved by a professional engraver. Along with the blank cartouche shield, the medal has German text GUTE FAHRT, translating to good ride/good trip. As we know St Christopher is the patron saint of travellers and is said to protect folks on their travels.
Materials: recycled sterling silver or 9ct yellow gold.
Measurement: 3cm in diameter, excluding the jump ring.
This listing is for the pendant medal ONLY. If you would like a sterling silver chain to go with this piece, they are available via the necklaces section of the website. If you order this piece you will not receive a chain unless you add one to your cart. The chain pictured is 60cm long.
The original piece that I used to make the mould is pictured in the last two images.