Sid the Sloth – Etched Pendant

by Tammy Baalman.
(Willis, Texas)

Sid the Sloth - Etched Pendant by Tammy Baalman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Sid the Sloth

Wanting to incorporate more etched components into some of my pieces, I created a pendant of a tribal turtle for myself and posted it online. The response was overwhelming, so I decided to create a line of cute critters. One of my favorite pieces is a baby sloth that I created.

Sid the Sloth - Etched Pendant by Tammy Baalman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Original drawing

On paper I traced the outline of a sloth, imported it into my Silhouette Curio software and sectioned it out into pieces.

Sid the Sloth - Etched Pendant by Tammy Baalman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Spray paint resist and pattern applied with Curio and scribe

I spray painted silver sheet for a resist, etched the pattern using the Silhouette Curio to expose the metal and added the fur with a scribe. I etched the pieces in Ferric Nitrate, sawed out the pieces and soldered them together.

Sid the Sloth - Etched Pendant by Tammy Baalman  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Sid is taking shape

I created the limb that he hangs from by twisting multiple strands of wire and melting it. After applying the patina, this little sloth came to life.

Tammy Baalman
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