After some time the customer and I came up with these designs (above, and the one below) for the medals.
This design for St. Cecilia came directly from a stained glass window in Gloucester Cathedral
The St. Kyneburgha design (first photo of this post) was taken from a statue of St. Kyneburgha, also within the cathedral:
The actual construction of the medals was still a bit unkown at this stage. The customer wanted something that would be robust but yet elagant. My initial thoughts were to adapt the watch case I'd made before.
I wouldn't need the glass but the rest of the casing design could be adapted to give the enamel protection and a means of suspending the enamel from a ribbon. Either the ribbon could be suspended from a bar or a ring, these were some quick sketches to give the idea:
The customer preferred the ring design, so I drew up some more detailed designs based on this
Using the watch-case design as a starting point I put some detailed dimensions down on paper:
I referred to this design sheet repeatedly during the making of the casing.