Crown Bail

9 years, 3 months ago 17


I love silver findings, especially box clasps and bails. I wasn’t satisfied with what I was finding on the market, so I decided to design my own. I don’t usually make detailed sketches like this for myself, as I can see it all in my mind’s eye, but computerized milling requires meticulous design drawings, lest it get misinterpreted as something else.


I was getting increasingly surprised and annoyed that it was taking me almost 4 days to get this sketch right. I had to re-do it so many times, that I started to regret just not going ahead and trying to carve it by hand. It probably wouldn’t have looked as nice if I had, so I suppose it was all worth it. Almost always is.

17 Responses

  1. Carmen says:

    Yet beautiful, it reminds me of a European royalty crown.

  2. ziggytaku says:

    so much details to tiny and awesome ^^

  3. Tunga says:

    очень красивая и тонкая работа! молодец! успехов!!!

  4. Annina says:

    ooh beautiful, i recognize a part in the middle that is like on the Banshee crown (i have no idea how that shape is called).

    this definitely makes your necklace pendants even more special, i think it was completely worth it!

  5. You are indeed someone special! As your work of art.

  6. jacci says:

    love the bail. i make jewelry, beadwork mostly, but love working with chain and findings. are you going to make more bails to sell? i would love one. those silver versions of the doll’s hands were beautiful too. i love how much detail is in everything you create marina.

  7. It’s really fascinating, beautiful crown how detailed this is a very beautiful work….

  8. Helewen says:

    As a metalsmith, I’m a bit curious to know why you preferred to have your design milled instead of just making it by hand. I know computerized milling makes “perfect” things but to me making those tiny things from scratch is the “fun” part (even if it involves a lot of frustration sometimes). I don’t want to start a debate as to which technique is better (those two techniques are simply too different to compare), I’m only curious to know which factors made you choose the milling process. Was it to save time? I’m sorry if my question seems a bit weird…

  9. Marina says:

    The only occasions when I choose a machine milling over hand carving, is when it can produce better detail work than my tools. Generally I prefer to carve myself, because it’s much quicker and more efficient than having to first draw it out meticulously and then wait weeks while it’s getting rendered and milled, but the scale doesn’t always allow for hand carving.

    Perfect symmetry is never my goal. In fact, my work motto is “Organic, baby!” There is a beautiful organic quality to hand carving, that a precision carving machine can not capture, however, precision is sometimes exactly what is required in certain projects. I deemed this to be such a project.

    But, I do hand tweak all my machine milled waxes, to tone the perfection down a notch, and give them a more organic feel.

    Organic, baby!

  10. Orangey says:

    It looks amazing on the necklaces, it really does. I also believe in certain cases like this, machine made would be the choice. It’s the bail of the necklace, it’s good to be precise.

  11. The Old Maid says:

    Pretty work! Definately worth every effort you put in it:)

  12. Astera says:

    The details of your works are always impeccable. And the behind-the-scene planning is always fascinating.

  13. Erin says:

    Oh wow! Looks amazing. I’m always shocked at the detail you put into both sketch and final design.

  14. Amber says:

    Just out of curiosity, where do you put the sprue on that bail? So tiny!

  15. Adrián says:

    Hi I am surprised with your wonderful work, greetings from Chile:)

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