Sterling Silver Roly Poly Pill Bug Charm

Sterling Silver Roly Poly Pill Bug Charm

Roly Poly Pill Bug Charm

I got a call from a customer with 3 year old twins. He wanted a Roly Poly (or Pill Bug) Charm for one of his twin girls. Turns out the other twin is into lady bugs and he’s already found her one at James Avery. But I digress… I love an interesting challenge so I got right into drawing and carving this design.

Initial Sketches for the Roly Poly Pill Bug Design

Initial Sketches for the Roly Poly Pill Bug Design

So this is my drawing… first in the large sketch I had to get a feel for how the bug really looks, so I did some research and sketched up my ideas. Then I have to figure out what is possible to carve in the small scale as many details need to be expressed in a very small space such as the overlapping plates of armor, antennae and the tiny feet underneath.

Next I carved a wax. It’s hard to hold a tiny 10-15mm piece of wax so I kept the wax attached to a much larger peice while I did most of the shaping and detail carving.

Hand Carved Wax of the Roly Poly Pill Big Charm

Hand Carved Wax of the Pill Big Charm

After casting the charm in sterling silver I made a mold of the charm so I can make as many as I get orders for.  This sterling silver charm is now available in the at catalog : Silversmyth.com

Interior detail:

3D Roly Poly Pill Bug Charm Underside

3D Roly Poly Pill Bug Charm Underside

Just got this great testimonial via email: “Good evening. I just got the roly poly charm and it is absolutely perfect. Thank you so much. I will definitely be coming to you again and keeping my ears open if i hear anyone else who is looking for a custom piece. I hope you enjoyed working on this as much as I’m sure my daughter will love having it.
Thank you again,
Seth”

One thought on “Sterling Silver Roly Poly Pill Bug Charm

  1. I love this “roly poly bug”
    Can you make on for me. This would be perfect for my daughter who loves these bugs.
    Please let me know.
    Thanks!

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