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Development of Skull & Crossbones button - Jewellery by Callum Kilts

Some of the main stages in the development process of a skull & crossbones button design, from initial concept, to finished product. You can read the fuller story of this design in my blog here: https://www.jewellerybycallumkilts.com/blogs/projects/skull-crossbones-buttons-project
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6) Much more painstaking work done to create two more 3D bones and a skull. Had to cut the bones to fit, but made a mistake the first time, but they healed up fine with a bit of solder. This is a dry assembly to make sure everything is going to be in the right position when I solder them onto the base.

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Silver Skull & Crossbones Cufflinks. 3 Dimensional Design. 14mm Square. Hallmarked. Great Christmas Gift for Him

Skull & Crossbones Cufflinks in Hallmarked Sterling Silver. 14mm Square.

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Skull & Crossbones Buttons Set in Copper - Batch of 4. 3 Dimensional. Accessorise anything to stand out. Ideal for waistcoats, kilt jackets

Skull & Crossbones Buttons Set in Copper - Batch of 4. Square, 14mm Size for Kilt Jacket, Waistcoat. **Made to Order**

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1) A customer wanted skull & crossbones buttons based on the style found on some of the "plague victim" headstones found in Edinburgh. I started with a photo which I rendered into vector graphics so that I could get a crisp outline to work with. This also helped highlight the contours which would be recreated.

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2) Proof of concept mockup, with 2D skull and bones in copper, soldered to a base with a rim, to get an idea of the scale I would be working on and check if there were any problems with the basic procedure.

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4) ... and soldered on a sewing loop. Everything seemed fine to go ahead.

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5) After a bit of research to find some good pictures of femur bones, I did some painstaking model work by assembling and carving bits of thick copper wire to make a 3D bone. This one was too short... The button is now being done as a square, as the customer will be wearing them on a kilt jacket and waistcoat.

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Solid Silver Skull & Crossbones Button. 3 Dimensional. Unique design. Accessorise anything to stand out. Ideal for waistcoats, kilt jackets

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Skull & Crossbones Button in Hallmarked Sterling Silver - 14mm Square.

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7) Soldered together. Wasn't quite happy with the position of the lower right bone joint though...

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