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How much would you be willing to pay for the pendant? (Number does not include cost of the rest of the necklace.)
$1-10
33%
 33%  [ 2 ]
$21-30
66%
 66%  [ 4 ]
$31-40
0%
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Mengxia Yu
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:02 pm    Post subject: College Necklace Reply with quote

Some time ago, a maiden asked me about the possibility of making college necklaces for Sai Thame College. It would be something in the same spirit as letter jackets or school paraphernalia in Telluria--something to wear that links us with others in the College.

I had not given it much consideration because I could not think of a charm to use as a focal point for the piece. A wheel? An owl?

Well, I've found an Etsy charmmaker who does custom charms: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5823933

I think the College Arms would be too complicated for someone to make into a pendant, but it never hurts to ask. Failing that, what would we want? I am sure we could at least get a scroll reading "Vincit Omnia Veritas".

It looks like this person only does pewter, but I could continue to look for someone who will cast in gold coloured metal--or, I could paint charms metallic gold and seal them. It works pretty well.


For gemstone beads, I was thinking:
- Azurite-Malachite, because it combines blue and green, the colours of the two Janya of the school. It also has flecks of gold.
- Ruby for red.
- Gold-coloured spacer beads.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silly me!

We need only determine how much we are willing to pay for the pendants, and I can put in an alchemy request at Etsy. Then, if there is a capable artist, we can have whatever we want.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rather than a metal pendant, we might also consider porcelain with metallic gold paint.

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5281677
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know much about porcelain but, although it most surely is a beautiful material, wouldn't it be a bit to fragile to deal with? I, particularly, am a quite clumsy girl and it could get broken any second. Or is porcelain tougher than I think?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Porcelain jewelry is pretty sturdy. I have a pair of porcelain earrings, and they have held up to travel quite well.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went to make an Alchemy request, but I realized something. I think it is important for the College motto to be legible on the necklace, but if we want a pendant of the whole arms, it would have to be big! I think we might be better off trying to get a scroll with the college motto on it.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Putting the entire arms on jewelry would be unusual. The full armorial achievement is like a whole symbolic "picture book" for the College.

Common ways of representing arms when they are displayed on items, cards, etc. are:

Just the escutcheon (that is the shield with the wheel and scroll)

Just the device (in this case it could just be the Wheel of ThamŽ)

Just the crest (that is the golden swan with the red rose in her beak, usually on the crown she sits on, but it could, in this case even be just the swan's head and neck with the rose). The use of crests is so common that some people think the crest is the name for the arms themselves, and say "the family crest" when they mean the escutcheon or the entire armorial achievement.

Just the motto - but in this case it could also be just the scroll from the escutcheon too - or just the wording of that scroll.

Another variant would be one of the pictorial elements above combined with the motto or scroll.

For newer girls who are not familiar with the College Arms, you may see them and learn more about them here.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, honoured Raya! That is very useful to know!

This is exactly the sort of thing about arms that we never learn in Culverian schools.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am thinking the escutcheon. If no artist can do that, then the Wheel of Thame.

A cheaper though still quality alternative to gemstones would be Swarovski crystal beads.

Does anyone have any input?
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