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nickel scraps

Triple Shield Pendant ©2016 WTEK brass on an 18" rubber cord
Triple Shield Pendant ©2016 WTEK brass on an 18″ rubber cord

I’ve been in a slight slump lately creatively and one of my favorite ways to get out of it is to peruse my scrap pile. Jewelry made from scrap metal? YES! My junk yard is chock full of cut-offs from my bowls and sculptures that are too small for sculpture, but just right for earrings and pendants. I made two necklaces recently this way.

The first was a pendant using three oval-ish shapes riveted together. This one is made from brass on an 18″ rubber cord with a gold-filled clasp.

nickel fishThe other one used a piece of nickel I’d been eyeing for awhile now. It was a cool texture in an arched shape that wanted something special done with it. I have also been meaning to make a gorget type necklace, so I decided to combine these goals into a cool piece.

nickel fish with paperI converted a template from the Rose Bowl Trophy to act as a frame to put the nickel part on, cut them out, formed them, and then riveted the pieces together. After adding a brass chain with a hook clap I made, it was ready to be worn.

If you’re interested in either of these pieces, just email me and I’ll get them right out to you!

yet to be named gorget ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass $200.00
yet to be named gorget ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass $200.00
yet to be named gorget ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass $200.00
yet to be named gorget ©2016 WTEK nickel, brass $200.00

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Rivet Pendant Workshop 2014 Student Work

View of (most of) our Rivet Pendant Workshop
View of (most of) our Rivet Pendant Workshop
Ken's Pendant with what appears to be a perfect circle.
Ken’s Pendant with what appears to be a perfect circle.

We had another excellent batch of students yesterday at my Rivet Pendant workshop. There were all skill levels and one student managed to complete 4 pendants, but everyone finished at least one. We braved the cold and pounded together some fine looking necklaces. Take a look!

(Unfortunately, one of my students, Sonya, left early and I forgot to get a photo of her piece. It was long and triangular with a bail instead of threading the cord through the rivet layers.)

VictoriaCookPendant
Victoria’s pendant
PamRushPendant
Pam’s pendant
EmilyPelliniPendant
Emily’s pendant – she etched a little bee sketch on the back, but my photo turned out blurry.
CarstenGobinPendants
Carsten’s four (4!) pendants, one with a bail (highlighted in the left corner)

 

 

 

 

Sure the class went well, but this is what was waiting for me on the way back home:

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Yet Another Snow Day

You can't tell, but they've already plowed out street once.
You can’t tell, but they’ve already plowed our street once.
The Good, the Bad, and the Furry
The Good, the Bad, and the Furry

As you probably know, here on the East Coast we’ve had quite a white Winter. Today is no exception. This photo was taken around 11am and we’re still expecting it to keep snowing until around midnight (with a brief break this afternoon.) This means a lot of indoor time. My dog loves the snow and it brings wildlife to our patio, so he’s not completely upset. Of course, he love’s lying in the sun more than jumping through the snow… I have had some time where it wasn’t 20° in the studio and I’ve been working on this pendant inspired by this year’s SBC. I love that the past couple of bowls have inspired new directions in my jewelry as well. It’s nice to have a back and forth between the two disciplines.

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This used some curly elements from Cascade.
The folded up model original size.
The folded up model original size.

I’ve also been working out some new designs for bowls and wall pieces. In the PA Guild store, I saw a small ceramic dish by Marcia Reiver and I wondered if I could riff on that idea for a bowl. So I made a paper model to use as a jumping off point. Then I made a larger copy to see how that works.

My next steps will be to try some different configurations of the points to see how that would work out. Then if I like the way it’s going, I’ll fold up some metal and then cut the pattern and rivet it all up. I’ve been wanting to try a bowl that had parts cut out and then brought back together to create the concavity, so this will be a good challenge.

The bigger pattern.
The bigger pattern.