Carved from tagua nut, also known as vegetable ivory: endosperm of the fruit of the ‘plant elephant’, a kind of palm. Married with a swirling filigree back in sterling silver, which gives it a bail for hanging.
I shaped the crescent with the sanding drum and refined and polished it by hand, then inscribed the decorations with a bit of broken-off saw blade in the dremel, and improved their profile with a ball burr.
Planning out the matching spiral backing
Soldering everything together
Folding up the silver to make claws
The claws fit into the carved grooves to hold the carving securely