|This is a jewel made for a Past Master of Ellensburg #39 Masonic Lodge|
This custom has fallen away or has been replaced by purchasing a pin, likely stamped out of pot metal in china. I think this is sort of a bummer.
|This one was constructed from a vintage sterling spoon which bore the F&AM marks an gold from old and broken masonic lapel pins. Sort of giving these old objects a new fraternal life.|
|Damaged Spoon, moonstones and scrap gold.|
|Careful Plan. Really just sharpie on the gold. I had to drill out each opening, and then slide the saw blade through and re-attach it to the saw frame. The funny little piece at the top left will become the bezel for the moonstone.|
|ELLENSBURG is now cut out. Whew that was some careful sawing. Choosing a good section of the now flattened Spoon for the body of the jewel.|
|Trying to keep everything straight, and yet not symetrical....|
|Solder in the bezel for the topaz and finding the center for the moonstone bezel.|
|Posts for the catch.|
|Notches filed to get a good amount of contact with the compasses.|
|Always stop to mock-up.|
|Time to attache the gold.|
|Time to set the stones and start to sand and polish.|
|Shined up and ready to go.|
This was the second of these I have made and they were both fun projects. Fun in construction and fun to be able to share my efforts with my lodge and my friends.