This is a development of a pendant that was designed using the concepts taught in Lesson 15 The Window. It was inspired by the Duomo in Sienna, hence the name "Sienna Pendant". The original sketch is shown here:
The original piece was created in polymer clay (below in black). From that, a silicone mold was taken. When I pressed the mold with metal clay, I felt the result was too wide, so I chopped the sides off as seen in the sketch above. After the piece was fired, I filled up with a cluster of beads. I'm enjoying using this technique, mixing metal clay with clusters, and have already created two other pieces using it.