It should not surprise you that all my work on astrolabes has incurred the desire to make one.
So when I found that a local silversmith was offering a jewellery-making class, I signed up right away. In the course of a very full day last December, I designed and (with instructor help) made this brass and silver pendant.
As Persianate astrolabes frequently have retes in the form of leafy plants, I rendered this piece – which represents the start of my venture into astrolabe-making – in the form of a seedling just beginning to sprout.
I have continued to take lessons with him ever since, slowly working on the skills to attain my goal, and gaining a whole new perspective on what is involved in crafting from metal.
Here are some other photos from that initial session. (Most of these show the silversmith rather than me, because I couldn’t take photos of myself while working.)