The design for Tender’s wrist torc is based on Iron Age jewellery, usually worn around the neck. They were made from a single piece of metal, open at one side, and often featured animal head ‘terminals’ carved into the ends. Tender’s torc has the Plautus face logo discretely carved into each terminal- the two heads look across at each other over the wrist.
To produce the torc, first Tender’s jeweler made a master pattern in copper, using hand tools. These masters are then used to make a rubber mould, into which casting wax is poured. The waxes of each section are packed in plaster, and molten brass is run in, melting away the wax and hardening inside the plaster. The plaster is then broken away and the piece is filed and cleaned up. The torc is polished in a vibrating tub of marble chips, but is not varnished or lacquered, so it will patinate and develop even more character over time.
The torc is cast from soft brass, which can be gently bent in or out to adjust the fit. It can be worn with the gap oriented on top of or underneath the wrist.