The Making Of…Cologne Cathedral pendant

Last week I have been busy with my latest project and it took a lot of experimenting. I wanted to create an homage to my hometown Cologne and this pendant is the result of it. As a child I was always scared of the “Dom” because of its enormous size and because due to the pollution it looks very dark – though it’s not actually supposed to be black. The cathedral formed part of my art history exams too and as a student I had to learn a lot of facts about its history, the precious artwork it houses and how to accurately describe its architecture. You can find a lot of information about the Dom here

I bought the cathedral cookie cutters a while ago at the Cologne Christmas Market – they are quite big which determines the size of the pendant. I first started to cut out the cathedral in marble Fimo and also cut out the windows. Then I used a texture plate with the metallic blue Fimo and cut a circle. I then attached the cathedral onto the circle and with an extruder I extruded thick spaghetti in black. Unfortunately Fimo takes ages to soften and it wasn’t easy to extrude. I cured my first attempt and the result is below.

Blue Cologne Cathedral test piece - copyright Helen White
Blue Cologne Cathedral test piece – copyright Helen White

As the frame only touches the sides of the circle it doesn’t feel strong enough and I worry that it could eventually break, I also didn’t like the cut out windows and noticed that the circle was just too thin.

 

Cologne Cathedral pendant - making of..-copyright Helen White
Cologne Cathedral pendant – making of..-copyright Helen White

So it was back to the drawing board. This time I decided to go for metallic red, because red, white and black are the colours of Cologne.  I followed the same steps as with the first version, but I also created a bail, by rolling a thin strip and attaching it to the textured piece. The bail is sandwiched between this and another sheet of clay. As this is a rectangle I had to cut the twirled spaghetti into for pieces to fit. Again extruding it was very difficult and I think next time I would try a different clay.

Cologne Cathedral almost finished - copyright Helen White
Cologne Cathedral almost finished – copyright Helen White

Instead of attaching the frame to the sides I attached it on the rectangle.

After curing I sanded it briefly and varnished it with a matte varnish.

 

Cologne Cathedral before it's been varnished - copyright Helen White
Cologne Cathedral before it’s been varnished – copyright Helen White

This is my first pendant, but in the future I plan to make some more in colours, using a different texture and maybe changing the frame. Hope you like the result.

Cologne Cathedral pendant - copyright Helen White
Cologne Cathedral pendant – copyright Helen White

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