I had so much fun making the foldformed bowl that I decided to make myself a cuff bracelet! I wear copper to help with the tendinitis pain on my elbows so am always looking for stylist bracelets so this will be worn often!
Again I used the same liver of sulfur method from Robyn Cornelius’ tutorial.
I ordered some copper sheets in a variety of thicknesses and found this fabulous book, Creative Metal Forming, by Betty Helen Longhi and Cynthia Eid. I see more foldforming projects in my future! 🙂
I was going to write about my metalsmithing projects chronologically from the firstOctober 2014 class on but for a variety of reasons (one being the multiple work-in-progress projects still to be completed!), I decide it’s best not to put any restriction on this writing endeavor! So we just jumped to 2016…
The first project of the current session is foldforming – a technique I have never done before and even though it doesn’t help the tendinitis on my elbows, it is FUN! It sure is one way to de-stress – pounding on metal – I highly recommend it!
Starting with a piece of 24-gauge, 6″ x 6″ copper sheet, we were to either use a square or a circular shape. I went with circular and decided to keep all my folds going just one way since cross folds often yield unwanted holes where the folds intersect.
As I was annealing, folding, pounding, unfolding, pounding, repeat, etc. etc., the piece of metal started to look like a shell. Thus when I was forming it into a bowl shape, I kept the ruffling on the edge and stopped short of an actual bowl shape to keep it looking like a shell. I know glass often times speaks to me as I flamework – guess metal does, too!
I began taking metalsmithing class at my local community college Fall of 2014. It was an advanced class so I was a little intimidated with only four days of soldering – all from taking classes – under my belt. Fortunately, we had an excellent teacher and I was taking the class with my buddy, Melissa. Furthermore, in the first session, we had a classmate who was very helpful and supportive. Thank you, Leslie! We couldn’t have done it without you!
The first of the seven-week sessions were all about stonesetting. Beginning with tube setting and flush setting, I decided to go with a couple pairs of earrings. They were very similar in design for I really wanted to concentrate more on the techniques.
We used 4mm cubic zirconia. I decided to make some simple copper washers and discs and added different color cz. They looked a little plain so a little wire wrapping with sterling silver wire completed the design.
To accommodate the cullet (point) of the cz, Leslie came up with this cool design of soldering a flattened sterling silver ball. I added the same wire wrapped sterling silver wire and added a textured metal clay disc. These had become one of my favorite pair of earrings!
My second shawl design, Affinity, was inspired by Downtown Abbey and its period fashion of the Edwardian era. Using two yarns – one in smooth pure silk and one in fuzzy silk/mohair blend – of the same colorway, Affinity can also be knitted in one yarn.
Just did a quick article for an eNewsletter and it was fun writing again. Thus decide it’s time to get back to blogging – and going with a more personal one seems to make sense at this point. Personal as in writing about all the interesting and fun things I have been doing instead of a blog about my personal life…
Let’s start with my latest passion – knitting! After a lifetime of knitting sporadically, I discovered the site Ravelry with its 5 million+ members late 2013. Around the same time, I was introduced to lace knitting in my glass forum, Lampwork etc, when I joined a KAL (knit along) for a circular lace shawl, Queen Anne’s Lace (a free pattern!) What a joy it was especially after knitting alone for decades.
Within two short years, I went from learning how to knit lace to designing lace shawls when my Ravelry friends all wanted me to write up a pattern on my first shawl design. It was aptly named Serendipity!
enVision group was formed and is an active forum … For knitters with discriminating taste for luxury yarns and exceptional patterns, primarily in challenging lace designs.