Saturday, April 5, 2014

New from the Bench

I do not have a studio right now - through moves and job changes I have a pile of boxes that have to be unpacked and no where to use a hammer and my beloved power tools.  That is until I realized I could "borrow" a bench at the shop (where I work) and hammer to my hearts content.

I wandered the shop and looked for things that would help me with my project - copper bangle bracelets with "organic rose shapes" as a focal.

Of course, wire, some cutters, needle nose pliers, and files...............then I had to find something to use as a "mandrel" -

............and I found this part that is the perfect diameter.  Using 12 gauge wire on these - I wrapped the part 

and then kept wrapping to form the rose shape

Once the wire was wrapped as much as I could wrap it, I took it off the "mandrel", finished the wrap using my tools, then filed the ends.  

I wanted the bangle part to have a hammered look - (I found this piece of steel at the back of the shop - cleaned it up a bit and it was perfect for what I needed!)

I found another part in the shop that I used as a sort of working mandrel - the part was secured in the vise and I just moved the bangle around while hammering the outer edge to give it a hammered look.

I tumbled them and now I just have to decide if I am going to add a patina to them or not.

It was a very enjoyable day "in the studio".

1 comment:

Shaiha said...

What a find! I know if I can't work on my jewelry, I have a build of stress (usually from work). Now you can to pounding and releasing tension before you head home. A definite win situation.