Metal Machining Pendant

Inspired by the process of machining techniques, this pendant was created to show two different machining processes dictated by each machine used: a metal lathe, which creates round objects; and a J-head milling machine (Bridgeport), which references x,y,z axis coordinates to create geometry. The base geometry of this pendant utilized aluminum hexagonal stock, and was polished by hand with emory boards and burnishers.



The Bridgeport was set up with an indexing head that allowed me to angle the stock at 30 degrees while rotating every 60 degrees to create 6 facets. 



Using a radius cutter on the lathe, one side was shaped into a hemisphere. The process of rounding hexagonal stock created beautiful arches on this domed half of the pendant.