Here’s a sneak peak of what I’ll have in booth this weekend at theACC Baltimore show. Any of these beauties could go home with you. The weather is no excuse this year. Come out and walk the aisles, peruse the beauty, and take some of it home too! Just remember that it’s a super huge show. You may even want two days to see it all. Just remember to stop by BOOTH 825.
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.
Yes, I know that I’ve said in the past that I don’t sketch out every idea that I have. But I do have some that need to be sketched, at least in part. Especially when I’m working on larger formed pieces I need something to figure out what size disk to start with and an angle comparison to use while raising it.
So what sort of tools would a metalsmith need to sketch with (besides notebooks) ?
It’s similar to other types of drafting. I’m sure that you could use CAD or some other type of 3D drafting software to do this. But I like to use pencil and paper because that’s what I’m comfortable with.
Usually I’ll just freeform it, but there are times where I need to be more specific. So I use rulers, a compass, maybe a french curve to get the exact size and shape that I want. Many times I refer to my circle divider from Tim McCreight’s Complete Metalsmith (or I make one myself) in order to keep things evenly spaced in a bowl. Then, of course, there are all my paper templates too.