Narrow, rectangular silver and 18ct yellow gold brooch with a small round tourmaline cabochon and a hexagonal bead of aquamarine held in place with a silver bar.
Materials and techniques
The base was made by forging 2mm silver sheet into a long rectangular shape. The cage was made by using two hexagonal flat shapes with holes drilled near every point and strands of 18 ct wire hammered and soldered in to the holes.
The 'bead' was made of 18ct yellow gold sheet, scored and bent into shape, then soldered at both ends onto silver.
The 'cage' and gold 'bead' were soldered in place onto the rectangular 'bar', together with three 'vertical' pieces of hammered sheet (one in 18ct gold and two in silver), allowing just enough room for the aquamarine bead to fit into the space. All holes were carefully lined up so that long bar fitted through the entire length.
The bar was soldered on one end with silver tubing containing a top layer of 18 carat gold which forms setting for cabochon tourmaline. It was passed through all holes and flattened on one end so it cannot fall out.
I used a planishing hammer for the hammering and some steel blocks. No sophisticated tols or equipment were used.