I’m eagerly awaiting the return of my latest batch of casts, and in the meantime, have been experimenting with oxidisation and polish.
Prototyping a new pair of earrings – swirly hardware and a lightly dished bright copper disc with a hammered texture. I’m delighted with how elegant, shimmery and eye-catching these turned out. I also feel my soldering has improved a great deal – not to mention that it’s great to have a second torch when you’re working on something just a little to big for one to handle alone. Unfortunately my camera’s away for repairs, so here are some dodgy phone pictures.
I greeted the new year with a replacement setting for a friend’s ‘journey stone’ – a ‘hug’ rather than a cage. A total of 50cm of sterling wire spirals, gradually soldered into a cage to hold the stone, and finally closed securely by interleaving two of the spirals.
A custom doming block and bench peg for metalworking, made from thermoplastic.
The failure due to metal fatigue of the jaws of my ball vice may have been very disappointing, but dismantling the device revealed an opportunity to create my own components to mount on the remaining shaft. In this case, a domed bench-peg to support the underside of curved sheets of metal without distortion while I saw out intricate details.
Sterling silver and garnet cabochon.
Early in my silversmithing career, experimenting with piercing and carving silver and shaping it to set a cabochon. I was dissatisfied with the results, so I straightened it out again, soldered posts to the bag and set it into a block of purpleheart wood
Piercing the design
Profiling the metal
The metal and the cabochon
This kind of shaped metal looks great against a flat surface…
…but less great when set against a profiled surface
Set into a purpleheart plaque
Sterling silver domed butterfly-cutout discs, set asymmetrically on a half-length string of moonstones, with delicate silver chain completing the necklace.
A thank-you gift, a silver silhouette brooch with double pin back, fabricated from sterling silver sheet and wire. With balsa wood and suede ribbon presentation case.
Cord made from waxed cotton using a kumihimo loom, silver fittings from wire, sheet and tube, and ‘tooth’ carved from tagua nut.
The slight curve of the back ensures it sits well
Very pleased with the form.
Carved design wraps around both sides
I’m very proud of the catch.