I was recently commissioned to do a very special project for the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island.
Ruth, from the Bishop’s office, asked if I could make a pendant and lapel pin from the signet ring
worn by Bishop Knisely, the Bishop of RI,
these to give at the upcoming annual “Anchor of Hope” award ceremony.
I drove to the Office of the Diocese in Providence to begin the project and
the very first thing I had to do was ask the Bishop to remove his signet ring to make the impressions.
I was really hoping he’d say yes. Otherwise the first phase of creating these charms was going to be very challenging!
After casting the ring charms in fine silver clay I needed to safely transport them back to my studio in Newport.
I tumbled the charms after firing them… shiny silver!
Next I needed to solder the lapel pin onto to the back of one charm.
After dipping them in the liver of sulfur, to blacken them, I needed to polish the high areas of the charms
to reveal the lovely detail of the more deeply impressed areas and give the charms an antique look.
And now I begin the work of creating fifty more charms,
for many years of gifts at the annual “Anchor of Hope” ceremonies.