SBC IX – 3 Players, Three Different Bowls

First, let’s check out the other two Super Bowls that were made in this year’s challenge.

First this libation cup by Lew Shieber. I love that he says about the project this piece is a part of “from a culture that doesn’t exist in our history, but might have in an alternate time.” That is totally how I think of my work!

part of the Elsewhen Antiquities project ©2017 Lew Scheiber 2 7/8
part of the Elsewhen Antiquities project ©2017 Lew Shieber 2 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ x 5 5/8″ across the handles. 16 gauge brass, raised, chased, etched, and fabricated

Next is a video of Laurie Jane Kern’s wonderful patinated thick, thick, thick copper bowl. I love the music, hehe.

Here’s an image of the finished bowl

Super Bowl IX ©2017 Laurie Jane Kern 6
Super Bowl IX ©2017 Laurie Jane Kern 6″ square copper sunk and heat patinated
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted

Now onto my entry!

This year I decided to try and do a simpler bowl. Not the biggest thing I’ve ever done (like last year) not the one with the most parts or the most rivets. Simple and easy with a few subtle bits to break up the larger whole.

Well that kind of worked. The bowl was the size that I wanted, but it morphed away from my original simpler design to become what it was meant to be. This one it probably the least bowl-y of all my bowls, but it does still have that concave resting place in the middle of it.

SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted

The original design was somewhat yin-yangish, but I ended up rotating the placement of the two larger pieces making the whole design more dynamic. The u-shapes help reign it in a bit drawing the eye back into the bowl and the base (as always) was a bit of a struggle to figure out but ended up complementing the bowl.

Now if I can just figure out a name…

SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted
SBC 9 ©2017 WTEK brass, nickel foldformed, pierced, formed, & riveted

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Metalsmith’s Little Known Tools Compendium

Compass set (from my 2D design class in college), protractor, dividers, and paper circle dividers
Compass set (from my 2D design class in college), protractor, dividers, and paper circle dividers

This summer I introduced you to a number of tools that aren’t normally associated with metalsmithing, but are nevertheless one’s that I need to complete my pieces. In case you missed them, here is a recap of those posts.

And some older posts about tools:

My Favorite Hammers
My Favorite Hammers

And some toolmaking tutorials:

And of course, a link to the list of Better Know Your Hammer posts I did:

A Compendium of Hammers