Oooh, I just finished up a cute thing for the last day of my July daily post challenge. This is a pendant based on a project designed by Janice Berkebile called “Copper Pocket,” which appears in the book Metal Style. This is a book I’ve had for a while but haven’t dug into much yet. Its focus is on cold join techniques (riveting, tabs, wiring), and many of the projects inside involve found objects, which I always find fascinating (if nothing else, get a look at how an antique scissor sharpener is used on the cover project.)
So, since I had made a few large, plain discs in the studio last week, I thought this was a good time to try my hand at one of my favorite things in the book. My version is a bit different, and maybe a bit simpler:
In lieu of stamping the discs that make the body of the piece, I dug out all the little steel wire scraps (from when I made wind chimes) that I just knew I could use again someday. I arranged them on the discs, taped them down, and hammered to make an imprint. Then I used a set of three nail punches to add little dots.
Oh, how I love this. In future I am sure I”ll make more elaborate wire designs to texture metal with.
Drilled some holes (carefully! Front must match back!) and wired everything together as specified, although I made my danglies different and decided to forego the springy silver bail in favor of a plain, hammered handle. That was actually the most difficult part, and I regret I couldn’t get them through as neatly as I’d have liked (holes in curves can do that to you) but I’m really, really happy with the results. I even discovered that I can slip things into and out of my pocket as I choose!
One thing, though: it seems no matter what you do, there’s going to be a little slippage and so front will not stay perfectly aligned with back. Yes, this was a cold-join project, but I’d actually like to do it again with solder (that might solve my bail problem too!)
Well, that’s that. I’m now going back to posting only once or twice a week, although I’ll be keeping up the almost-daily jewelry schedule I’ve established this past month. I think I might practice some of the riveting projects from this book, too. Whatever I work on, I’ll be posting about it soon!