I had been meaning to put aside some time to just mess around in the studio for a while now, and today I finally managed to do just that. I spent the afternoon just fooling around with some 24 gauge copper and brass trying out some new things. I tried scoring using a steel wire, but I think that I should have used the copper for this particular trial. It didn’t work out how I had hoped, so I decided to try and destroy the metal using fold forming techniques. No, I didn’t take it to the limit, I’m still chicken. But it did get some cool textures from pounding the crap out of it.
I also tried air chasing a cone shape, which I loved. It was fun and you get a whole lot of work done in much shorter time compared with traditional chasing. Another technique I enjoyed a lot was taking disks and putting v-folds into them
while incorporating some chasing as well. You can see that I did one in copper that has four folds and one in brass where I went crazy and went for thirds. Why do I do these things to myself? At the end of the evening I decided to try the ribbon type fold and to mess with a brass tube that I had. I also took a pipe flanger and the last photo shows my results with that using a t-fold in brass. Sure it tore through a little, but that adds to its charm, right?