The Most Febulous Month of All

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balloons

many of you might have already known, that i strive to have my jewelry served as that little reminder of how beautiful each and every one of us is. and to make something that could work the specific magic, the maker— me, have to have the right energy. i’m fortunate to have a more-than-my-math-skill-can-handle amount of incredible friends and family members, who wholeheartedly love and support me in every possible way. among them all, i’m extremely thankful to have met my wonderful and perhaps a little crazy best boyfriend ever— Mr Randy Kono had planned for over a month, to give me this big surprise 30th birthday party this Saturday night. my birthday was actually yesterday, which added to the surprise element.

the story goes like this, one of my besties Charlene treated me to a massage up in a very nice spa in Glendale. and for all i knew, i was supposed to head back home and meet up with Randy, and go to some music event that evening. so after getting to a maximum state of chillaxation, Charlene and i stopped by some thrift store and shopped a little and hopped back into the car. well, and now i understand why Charlene was so sure that we had time for that. that should have been suspicious. but i must have been too relaxed everything seemed slow and blurry.

after shopping, as usual, i got hungry. so i made a call and checked with Randy to make sure if we had enough time to grab a bite before heading to the “show”. hint #2 that i should have noticed but somehow did not, was that when i asked him if he wanted to just come and meet us at the restaurant, he insisted that we should just meet at home and carpool. not like the usual whatever’s-cool, easygoing him.

so when i stepped into the door thinking that i gotta fix my smashed-up eyelashes and find a pic-ready sexy outfit and change in the speed of light, i heard a comically loud “SURPRISE!!!!!!!!” and found about 30 some pairs of smiling eyes staring at me.

“oooohhhh……i guess THIS is the ‘show’……” i mumbled, since the giant smile i had kinda got in the way i could barely speak well. the whole place was filled with my loved ones, food and drinks, 30 rock decorations, and haha embarrassingly, blow-up photos of me.

and the rest is history…

thank you once again for all who’ve been part of injecting the cloud 9 potion into my blood. with this kinda vibe inside of me, i’m charged, thrilled, pumped and off the ground. i promise that my art will work its magic. my head in peace, my hands at ease, i’m gonna continue to cast a love spell onto each piece i make. well, with the occasional darker pieces of course, cos without darkness, light just don’t see as bright.

now here are some highlights of the night. and did i mention that the cake was the size of my freaking pillow?

YOU'VE GOT SERVED!!!!

SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!

YOU'VE GOT SERVED!!!

YOU’VE GOT SERVED!!!

applause for 30 rock!!!

applause for 30 rock!!!

this guy

this guy

let the hug line begin!!!

let the hug line begin!!!

still in the 'holy shit' shock status

still in the ‘holy shit’ shock status

randy's partners in crime

randy’s partners in crime

whose awesomeness was rewarded by yummies

whose awesomeness was rewarded by yummies

napoleon pillow

napoleon pillow

it was mylifemylogic's one-year-old birthday too!!

it was mylifemylogic’s one-year-old birthday too!!

karaoke machine.....my face says NOOOO YOU DIDN'T

karaoke machine…..my face says NOOOO YOU DIDN’T

Jen made me a beautiful guest book with MYLIFEMYLOGIC imprinting!!

Jen made me a beautiful guest book with MYLIFEMYLOGIC imprinting on!!

aunties sponsored me to stay sassy

aunties sponsored me to stay sassy

i love happy people

i love happy people

and hugsssss

and hugging them!

your presence made the best presents

your presence made the best presents

my cheeks started to hurt at this point from smiling!! :)

my cheeks started to hurt at this point from smiling!! 🙂

but ya i'm gonna specifically ignore this advice

but ya i’m gonna specifically ignore this advice

singing our hearts out

singing our hearts out

brothers

brothers

well played honey, well played

well played honey, well played

round 1, fight!

round 1, fight!

the G-BOMB

the G-BOMB

melting my heart down

melting my heart down

mysterious smiles

mysterious smiles

more smiley faces lightening my night

more smiley faces lightening my night

thanks all, for making my 30 rock!!!!

thanks all, for making my 30 rock!!!!

p.s. just cos February should really be named FABruary, here’s a little treat for everyone. 20% off discount. for the entire month of FABruary!!
http://mylifemylogic.bigcartel.com/product/be-my-valentine

thank you for reading, and happy Chinese new year!! KUNG HEI FAT CHOI!!!

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Custom “Fly Me to the Moon” Necklace for Mattie

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HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

hope everyone had a busy but fulfilling holiday! i spent a fair amount of time in December to make stuff, sell stuff, eat and talk and laugh. i also crawled my way back into the Ballet classroom and re-connected to the long lost part of me.

i had the pleasure of doing a show at the C.W. Howe Partners Inc annual holiday party again, and caught up with my friends and a few of my returning customers. one of them, Mattie, landed her tasteful eyes on a necklace i was wearing that night— one of those pieces that i made intentionally for sale but ended up having hard time to part from. at my booth, or cubicle, she purchased christmas gifts for her daughter, herself, and (i felt like anyways) every single lady friend she’s ever known, and then asked me to custom made one Fly Me to the Moon necklace after she went home! the only way to show my gratitude to her support, would be putting my heart and soul into the piece and cast another smiling spell onto it before sending it out.

and here is how…

first i anneal a piece of sterling silver to soften it

first i anneal a piece of sterling silver to soften it, and feed it through the roller mill

then i torch it up again to a temperature right below the melting point--- i brush my torch around my metal and create wrinkly texture selectively, on top of the grits pattern that i make with my roller mill

then i torch it up again to a temperature right below the melting point— brushing my torch around my metal and create wrinkly texture selectively, on top of the grits pattern that i make with my roller mill

two textures on, i'm happy with it

two textures on, i’m happy with it

while i wait for the sterling to be cleaned in the pickle bath, i cut a little piece of brass tubings for my hidden bail

while i wait for the sterling to be cleaned in the pickle bath, i cut a little piece of brass tubings as a hidden bail

after annealing it, i shape it with a hexagon mandrel

after annealing it, i shape it with a hexagon mandrel

...so that instead of a round circle, i got one side flatten, making a secure fit for soldering

…so that instead of a round circle, i got one side flatten, making a secure fit for soldering later on

see the "D" shape instead of "O"?

see the “D” shape instead of “O”? that’s what i need

my metal is cleaned!

my metal is cleaned and the texture is more visible now

now i go back in and add more texture by hammering certain areas, creating a surface resembling the moon

so i go back in and add more texture by hammering certain areas with a dapping tool, creating a surface resembling the moon

trim into a circle

trim into a circle

then i look at mine, the one i am keeping for myself, as a reference, and sketch a little on the sterling as my cutting guideline

then i look at mine, the one i am keeping for myself, as a reference, and sketch a little on the sterling as my cutting guideline

saw saw saw...sa-sa-sa-sa-saw

saw saw saw…sa-sa-sa-sa-saw

the moon got a face now

the moon got a face now

anneal again, then i shape it into a dome

anneal again, then i shape it into a dome, and retouch the nose and the mouth. yes, i little nose job wouldn’t hurt would it?

setting the moon aside, i start on the base. here i got a thicker gauge copper, and i solder a fine silver bezel ring onto it.

setting the moon aside, i start on the base. here i got a thicker gauge copper, and i solder a fine silver bezel ring onto it.

trim out the excess

trim out the excess

after filing the edge, a solder the brass bail onto the back

after filing the edge, i solder the brass bail onto the back

a little more refining on the moon

a little more refining on the moon

everything bathed and scrubbed real clean again, they are ready to be assembled together.

everything bathed and scrubbed real clean again, they are ready to be assembled together.

push push push

push push push

smooth smooth smooth

smooth smooth smooth

as a final touch, i texturize around the edge

as a final touch, i texturize all around the edge

before patina, super shiny all over

before patina, super shiny all over

after patina, there are more contrast and the textures are more refined.

after patina, there are more contrast and the textures are more refined.

small logo for small name in the back

small logo for small name in the back punched on, and sealed with enamel spray

here comes the last and crucial part! paper & resin!!

here comes the last and crucial part! paper & resin!!

i select the area which goes the best with the shape of the moon

i select the area which goes the best with the shape of the moon

cut it out

cut it out

carefully insert it into the bezel cup under the moon

carefully insert it into the bezel cup under the moon

here comes the last but crucial step! resin!

mixing the 2-parted resin really really well, then i *hold my breath* very carefully pour it into the cup

then comes my least favorite part of the process, WAITING!

after 3 days, it is completely cured and i finish it off with a velvet ribbon

after 3 days, it is completely cured and i finish it off with a velvet ribbon

after 3 days, it is completely cured and i finish it off with a velvet ribbon

custom made for Mattie

custom made, "Fly Me to the Moon" series

from the “Fly Me to the Moon” series

this can be worn like a traditional bolo tie...

this can be worn like a traditional bolo tie…

...or a bow!

…or as a bow!

allow me to once again thanks Mattie for the continuous love and support!! it’s fantastic customers like her who keep me inspired and fired up, literally 😉


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for custom order inquiry, feel free to contact me here or email me at mylifemylogic@gmail.com

Custom made bow tie for Ken Yim

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so i have a friend named Kenneth, who went to the same elementary school and high school with me— a friend that has always been around my life in one way or another. although we didn’t exactly grow up together, we somehow were always connected in a strange way. how so? how about the fact that my uncle married his aunt and we have addressed each other by “cousin” ever since? ^_^

and over the years, this “cousin” of mine has become not only stronger and taller, but happier ever having found the love of his love, Jenny. the cute couple is tying the knot in December, after 8 years of TLC! they have kindly commissioned me to make a special piece of jewelry for this big moment of their new life as one.

Ken & Jen

i cannot be more excited for them and so i start designing a metal bow tie for this very special friend and family member, and here’s the making of.

3,2,1 GO!

very very 1st sketch which i am not completely happy with. sophistication is the goal, but it seems to me that this screams overwhelming instead.

so after staring at the previous not so successful sketch for a while, i make a couple of paper models, and entirely change the direction. the final sketch that i approve at the end, is this one.

i usually play with lots of textures and contracts and all kinds of crazy little details in my designs but sometimes (more often than i would like to admit) less is more. and i think that especially for men’s jewelry, simple is beautiful. noted that when the right elements are applied, simple does not mean dull.

another paper model is made as a tool for me to figure out the right scale of the piece.

so this time i’m using aluminum, a material that i do not use a whole lot but is perfect for this job. it is super lightweight, so that Mr Ken can party all night long in style, without any irritation. and it also gives a silver color tone that he wants without, well, breaking the bank.

starting off with cutting down the big aluminum sheet into small 1-inched strips.

trim, file down sharp edges, and then i sand it in one direction to give it a satin finishing. (top: before, bottom: after)
thanks Erin Elowe recently Proctor, a fellow metalsmith for her tips on one of her favorite material. and oh, check out her super rad stuff too!
http://www.saturn5studio.com/

then i cut 2 strips of a pre patterned and color-coated aluminum sheet for the very important accent of the piece! (yellow part of the paper model)

i also polish the edges and expose the silver-colored aluminum underneath, creating a subtle outlining element.

next, HAMMER TIME!

i bend them into a curve that resembles a real bow.

all slightly different degrees of curves so that they’ll fit into one another for the next step.

coming together…

after some sneaky nuts and bolts action in hidden areas, i glued down a piece of genuine leather over them in the center.

while the glue is setting, i work on the last detail of the piece, the focal point. i punch out holes in various sizes and positions on another piece of aluminum.

trim and file down, clean and did the same satin finishing. this will go on top of the leather piece.

bend bend, fitting, bend bend

secured once again with brass nuts and bolts, in the back this time.

TA-DA!!!!

the punched out aluminum strip on top of the leather piece create a reverse color combination opposite of the color-coated patterned piece on top of the smooth aluminum—> black dots VS silver dots.

silver color edge details on coated piece

on the wedding day, Ken is gonna rock this with a tux!

hence the 16″ leather cord.

and then after the great show, he’ll be switching in between the 16″ leather cord and this 30″ metal chain for a more laid back style!

once again congrats and many kisses and hugs to the lovely couple!! can’t wait to see your beautiful pics!!!

love, Chloe

The 3 Elements— at “Master Blaster of Sculpting IV”, Hive Gallery this Saturday!

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I would like to introduce you all to the very important 3 elements in my new life as an emerging artist.

Salamando (sky)

Riesgo (earth)

Galadine (sea)

These 3 characters were first brought to life back when i was in college. To be honest I didn’t give it as much thought then. They somehow just crawled their way out from deep underneath my subconsciousness. All I knew was that they were meant to be something more.

…and here’s a shot of the original piece.

“Harlequin Trio” 2008 (copper, enamel)

God knows why, after all these years, they finally revisited me, and struck me in an entirely new angle.

Riesgo fears absolutely nothing, Galadine patiently waits for the perfect moment to rise, and sky is not even a limit for Salamando. The three of them represent the keys for me to open the doors to every amazing opportunity, which paves the long long path of recognizing and assuring my very own purpose.

Riesgo means risk, it is what I’m bound to take to make things happen. It tolerates no excuses, worries, negative thoughts and any possible boundaries. It is the unstoppable action-taker, with the “I do what I like” attitude.

Galadine comes from Galateia, the Greek goddess of calm seas and Undine, a spirit that enjoyed stormy water according to the theories of Paracelsus. I combined the two contrasting concepts because I strongly believe that none of them exist without the one other. It is the wise one that understands and takes advantage of timing and chances. Like most predators, they know that the waiting part is just as crucial as the attacking moment.

Last but not least, Salamando. Paracelsus imagined it to be a creature that is immune to fire and could therefore tread through it without sustaining injury. I personally see it as the out-of-the-box thinker. It represents pliancy— the quality much needed for the emotional prep of failure and discouragement.

The trio run a smooth cycle for the creative process— I wait, I pounce, I take the outcome and I go on and on and on. They are my inspiration, balance, guardians, and most importantly joy!

These pieces are made out of sterling silver, copper, brass, resin, paper and wood, currently set up at the Hive Gallery http://hivegallery.com/2010/ in downtown LA for the fourth annual Master Blaster of Sculpting exhibition, along with numerous mind-blowing work of real masters out there!!
Address: 729 South Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014
Event info: http://hivegallery.com/2010/exhibitions/opening-november-3rd-master-blasters-of-sculpture-4-show-over-40-sculptural-artists-exhibit-their-masterpieces/

Show opening would be this Saturday November 3rd, 8-11:30pm, and it will run til December 1st.
Did I mention that the show is FREE?!?!? WHAT???

 

Special thanks to Jeremy Kennedy, who helped me with naming the characters, and to verbalize my concepts in the mist of my chaotic babbling.

Dolphin and the gem

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Lydia, a good friend of mine has been a dolphin fan for as long as she could remember, not just for the cute appearance but also the intelligence and other human-liked qualities. her love of dolphin extends to an urge to make it visualized. and what else makes it just this much more personal? a piece of topaz stone, which is her lovely daughter Ellie’s birthday stone. my job? choreograph the two elements into one perfectly harmonious piece of wearable art.

the very rough first draft before my topaz hunt looks like this. the scale of the dolphin and the stone are adjusted later on due to Lydia’s request of a more delicate size.

a piece of beautiful aqua topaz i found at the costa mesa gem show—i specifically pick a simple round cut instead of the faceted one for its organic look, which goes better with the line quality of the sleek dolphin.

starting with the little fine silver bezel for the topaz.

soldering! torching it up!

shaping it to a perfect circle.

then i solder the bezel down onto a sterling silver disc, with my name/logo punched onto the back!

here comes the dolphin! and my favorite sawing of delicate shape! i call it my sawblade drawing.

a little bit of filing to knock down sharp edges is crucial.

next i’m gonna drill a tiny hole and “draw” a tiny letter ‘e’, in honor of baby Ellie!

really carefully ‘writing’ my letter.

really really carefully…

annealing (heating to a workable sturdiness) the dolphin in order to form a slight curve for more volume.

subtly and gently…

then i form the band for the ring.

*ping *ping *ping *ping…..more hammering

after forming it into a nice and even circle, i cut it open again for the open-end design.

after adding a silver ball as the eye, this cutie is awakened and ready to board.

after soldering the bezel onto the other end of the band and some cleaning and polishing, i set the topaz in.

push push, hug hug

TA-DA!!

mission accomplished!!

thanks again Lydia, for thinking of me for your custom need (more like want, yes!), hope u’re enjoying it!!

*custom inquiry? don’t be shy! leave me a message here or shoot me an email at mylifemylogic@gmail.com , i’ll get to you as soon as my claws can!*

preserving the wisdom…teeth

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knowing my work pretty well, an old friend of mine come to me with a really fun project in mind—turning her wisdom teeth into a piece of truly one of a kind wearable art!! i can’t be more thrilled to flip on all those lightbulbs in my head for a project like this. and i am especially thankful for how much freedom she allows me to have in creating this, both aesthetically and conceptually.

so here we go, our brainstorming session goes as smooth as the coffee we’re enjoying during the meeting

after throwing stuff out and narrowing them down, the final sketch looks like this

here are the gems

i start with a piece of sterling silver

and i heat it up til it’s right before the melting point, selectively wrinkle up certain areas more than the other, to create the reticulated rich textured surface she requested. then, i trim it out.

next, i dap the reticulated silver into a dome, and back and forth i do some fitting and more thinking

copper tooth-base!

i’m seeing it…

after punching a few lines on the top of the tooth resembling texture on the real teeth, i made an oval fine silver bezel, slightly larger than the reticulated piece, and solder it down

…because i wanna place the reticulated piece this way!

closing down the bezel in a wavy form to get the ruffle look, giving the bold and chunky piece a hint of femininity

after slightly curving the root for more volume, adding the bails in the back and polishing it, the pendant is 70% done

another thing my friend likes about my work is the color tone i use dearly on my copper pieces— the deep brown patina look!

last, definitely not least but rather crucial part: to resin it up!! after 3 days of anxious waiting, it’s completely cured and ready to shine!!!

i’m very happy with the outcome (:

hope cherry does too!!

thank you so much cherry, for reminding me how much i love my job! can’t wait to see this on you!!

if anyone has a personal project idea like this, please feel free to message me! there’s nothing more fun than visualizing and bringing an awesome idea into life!!

cheers!

Window to the Soul

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the eye, one of the most beautiful subjects i love to work with, has never failed to amaze me in many different ways. perhaps it’s simply the varieties of shapes and the colors they come in; or the symbolic meaning behind; the sight and the insight; but most of all, the connection to the mind. have you ever noticed someone who wears the most fabulous eye make up with the classiest long eyelashes and the perfect amount of glitter, who happens to have the emptiest out-of-focus stare? one that also wears a cheerful smile that disconnects with what is shown in the eyes? and how about a pair of tired winkled eyes with dark circle as black as the pandas’, that somehow shows a beautiful spark? don’t even get me started with the 15 millions different kinds of tears. i am fascinated by that subtle but unmistakable truth that comes through the eyes. Window to the soul, a well-earned title.

so this time, extending the fun of my metal gems series, http://mylifemylogic.bigcartel.com/category/metal-gems, i’m bringing the eye on for a new twist! here is the step-by-step making of for one of my metal gem eye necklaces.

starting with the good old copper discs

using a custom made patterned punch, i hammer stripes onto the copper disc

around the edge i go…

resembling the pattern around the iris

then i drill a hole for that spark in the eye

reheat, anneal and soften, then form into a dome

i then sketch out the shape of an eye with a marker and start sawing into the brass sheet

saw saw saw away

…times two!

then i solder the iris down, leaving more room on the top than the bottom for the next step…

then i doodle i little more with my marker

with the same patterned punch tool, i add some eyelashes, and decorative dots around the iris

next i shape a piece of fine silver wire to the right curve, and fuse it on top of the iris as the eyelid

left eye having a blast in the bath, right eye catches the camera!

solder the chains on, i clean it throughly and darken it with a patina solution

last step is to buff out selected parts to bring out contrast, and the soul is transformed!

this pair has a different shape, and silver rings framing the irises!

and this pair has etched paisley pattern irises, set into fine silver bezels!

more styles available now at www.mylifemylogic.com

hope you enjoy the blinky blings!

BRING THE HEAT SUMMER SALE!!!!

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More dangles, new twist of the metal ‘gems’ series, and 10% off!!

 

BRING THE HEAT SUMMER SALE!!!!

Selected sterling silver pieces including necklaces and bracelets are ON SALE at mylifemylogic right now
http://mylifemylogic.com/

and on top of that!! for any purchase over $50, enter code “BRINGTHEHEAT” and received a 10% off!!

Get your fix before they are gone!!
This offer is valid til August 31st, 2012

launching party was a great success! thanks all!

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Thanks all for sending good vibes through 15 millions different electronic devices and social media 🙂 and most of all, thanks for those who made it to the event. The launching party was a great success! It was 3 hours of good time I spent greeting, hugging, chatting with friends and family who stopped by. Most of them stayed quite a while, picking up one piece after another to look at details and to try on. I received compliments and advices, made sales, answered lots of questions on both the technical, conceptual, and aesthetic aspects. Exactly the kind of immediate interaction with people that is irreplaceable by selling online, as much as I enjoy that as well.

Another reason why things ran so smooth was that Clark Woodford, the photographer and owner of Clark’s Gallery, was not only a great photographer and a great gallery owner, but also hell of a host. Him taking care of the transactions and serving boozes and munchies allowed me to concentrate on taking care of visitors, without stressing out one bit. And have I mentioned his beautiful, organic, and no photoshop photography in affordable prices?

Here is the link to some snapshots of the fun time.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.10151247558222892.555501.706532891&type=1
Apparently I must have gotten a little bit carried away with conversations and did not remember to take a pic with everyone that came, my bad. But please keep in mind that even if you did not make an appearance in this album, your appearance at the show means just as much as those who did.

It’s an amazing feeling to know that although among the minority, there are people who support and honestly believe in what I do. With that in mind, i will stay fearless.

By the way, have you liked my facebook page yet?
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mylifemylogic/129861307135520

Love, Chloe
www.mylifemylogic.com

custom reticulated pendant for Namiko!!

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i had so much fun making this custom silver pendant for my awesome returning customer Namiko, and it’d be just too mean not to share a little. 😉

so the idea was sparked by Namiko’s new favorite jewelry! her last purchase of 2 copper necklaces…

sprinkle gem, and sprinkle gem dangles

she told me she wears them almost everyday 🙂 🙂 🙂

and she thought it’d be neat if she could have another neck piece from me, that represents her love of her two lovely daughters, Miya & Ami. we went through my other pieces, and she was drawn to my reticulated silver series. particularly this

reticulated silver pendant

so after a couple rounds of brainstorming sessions— discussing every details from material, size, style, tones…etc, we decided to make one similar to this, but have the girls’ names hand-pierced out and soldered onto the inside of the concave area. and here i go…

starting from a plain sterling silver disc

annealed, domed, then torched it up again to a temperature right below the melting point! and the organic wrinkled pattern was formed. set aside, just like cooking.

after measuring the desired size, i started cutting out the girls’ names. Ami this was!

saw saw saw…..

…and saw a little more

now little Ami awaited

Miya’s turn!

as delicate as my saw blade could get!

then i lightly dapped out the names to match the inner curve of the disc

adjusted the names to an aesthetically pleasing position, and made sure the curves fit

extremely carefully soldered down. due to the scale of the names, even 0.1 sec overheating would result in a puddle of sad sad melted silver.

next, 2 tiny teeny coils of sterling silver made a simple bail hidden behind the back!

soldered!

after tumbling it in a cleaning solution for about 2 hours, i brushed on a patina solution to darken it. the names got lost? no worries, i’m not done yet!

i selectively buffed out the edge and the names, drilled a few holes, and finally the form of the pendant was completed!

finished piece!

once again thank you Namiko for the fun project and the continued support! to all mighty mamas, CHEERS!!