About a month ago, as I was getting ready for a show, I decided not to focus on all the production work that really needed to be done, but to just sit down and play. I had some copper sheet on the table, so I decided to play with some simple fold forming. I have Charles Lewton-Brain's book, "Fold Forming" and love it, but haven't delved very deeply into it.
I didn't document my whole process but took a few photos along the way for my facebook page.
|Here are the shapes after being tortured into submission!|
|All clean! Ready for LOS and tumbling.|
The holes and curve were the hardest part. I started with smaller punches, but decided to go larger. The pins started as 14 gauge wire, but they ended up not being as strong as I wanted, so I went up to 12 gauge. I used my bracelet mandrel to give them a slight curve.
They cleaned up nicely! I actually sold one at my show that weekend and have the others in my shop.
I think they turned out great and I will definitely be making some more...I really want to delve into this technique and get more "outside the box" with it.
If I had just focused on "okay, I need to make 20 more pairs of earrings" instead of "okay, I am going to play today" these babies would have never been born!
So, go take a day off and play!!
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