Wednesday, September 5, 2012
12-064 A strip of recycled sterling has been heated and forged over and over again to create this open moon shape. I then heated the edges of the opening to melt and distort them. Swarovsky crystal stars, blue and white pearls, and assorted glass beads spill out of the moon as it dangles from a sterling clasp.
about 2 " long
12-065 - Small recycled sterling charm with gypsy set crystal and clasp and hanger.
about 1.5 "
12-066 - This copper tube has been beveled to hold a sterling chain and sterling findings to create a unique charm.
12-067 - This charm was made by heating and forging a recycled spoon bowl over and over to create the leaf shape. The original inscriptions are still visible on the inside. Three tiny dark turquoise pearls dangle from sterling chain inside the leaf fold.
Over 21 carats of a large, luscious aquamarine cabachon has been set in heavy sterling to hang upside down.
A 1" long faceted rutilated quartz pear-shaped stone was set upside down (on purpose to expose light to the rutilation) on a pear-shaped sterling background with a pear-shaped bale.
total size 1/75" x 1"
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
8" of randomly sized sterling links
each hand made and soldered closed
pretty little boro glass teardrops randomly placed along the length of the chain
sterling lobster claw
fits any size wrist up to 8"
I call it the elephant skin cuff.
It is very light weight, 2.25" wide, 6" long.
As well as fold forming, I also fused a sterling nugget to it, and gleefully "burned" the edges. The color is a result of all the processes used to develop it.
It was heated and forged over and over until this shape appeared.
Fold forming is a very physical and labor intensive procedure, but the results are fabulous and very unique. It is impossible to duplicate each piece exactly.
This cuff is 6" around and 1/5" wide. It fits a 6" wrist comfortably
This funky copper fold formed bead is about 2" long and 1.5" wide.
An example of how metal twists and reshapes itself with heat and pounding.......many, many times.
Wear alone on a leather cord or copper/gold colored chain for an interesting and organic look.
Fold forming is a labor intensive technique that involves many steps of annealing the metal and forging it. This is done over and over again until the desired effect is achieved.
The sharp edges have been sanded away, but I chose to leave the matte reddish edge that appeared after the cleaning stage. Discovering the result of the many heating/cooling processes is always a wonder to me......a wonder that gives each piece its own personality as you never know exactly how each piece of metal will react.
It fits a 6" or smaller wrist.