Tons of New Work for Your Ears and Wrists

3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK
3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK

It’s true, I haven’t had many posts of new work recently. As I’ve said, it’s not because I haven’t been working in the studio, but rather because of what I’ve been working on and they way I’ve been working. I had too many pieces going on at the same time to show a nice progression. Also, I had been working on a couple of larger pieces too. (I do still have to patina the copper and silver pieces, plus I’m still working on a matched earring/necklace set.)

2 Brass Fold Formed Cuffs & 2 pairs of Silver Earrings ©2014 WTEK
2 Brass Fold Formed Cuffs & 2 pairs of Silver Earrings ©2014 WTEK

But this past weekend I spent getting some new cuffs and giant earrings ready for the upcoming Fall Into Fine Craft show in Carlisle, PA. I’ll be in the boutique section and I wanted to showcase some new jewelry pieces there. You should really stop by and see these (and all the other artists’ pieces) in person. If you’re like me, you have a ton of October birthdays to shop for. You can also kick start your holiday shopping early. October 25 & 26 10am – 5pm. Be there or have unhappy wrists and ears. Your call. Oh, and don’t forget you can see Elemental in the Team Challenge Gallery too!

New Medallion in the Works

My design process trying to get the squiggles just right.
My design process trying to get the squiggles just right.

So I got tired of working on the big vessel thingy that I’ve been trying to finish and decided to work on another, faster project right now. This one is a medallion type pendant that is… inspired by this year’s super bowl, Ebb & Flow. You knew I was going to say that didn’t you?

paper patterns for medallion
The cutout paper patterns for the medallion.

I had this design sitting around just waiting for me to get cracking on it, so I made an executive decision to work on something faster for now. It’s just what I’m in the mood for. The vessel will still get finished, just not right this second.

So I transcribed the design to paper patterns and then onto the copper and silver sheet. Each piece was cut out, the silver one was pierced, and then they were both filed. I then drew the pattern to cut the copper piece to fit the silver piece and cut and filed that bad boy also.

Next I’m going to texture the background of the copper piece and then both will be riveted together. That long piece jutting out from the copper will be the bail. I haven’t decided yet what sort of collar to put it on yet. I also haven’t decided whether to form the pieces a little or leave them flat. We’ll see what happens.

The cutout pieces of copper and sterling silver.
The cutout pieces of copper and sterling silver.
Cutting the copper piece to fit the silver.
Cutting the copper piece to fit the silver.
The silver piece with the holes pierced.
The silver piece with the holes pierced.
The two pieces together.
The two pieces together.
See how the copper piece mimics the silver without being an exact match?
See how the copper piece mimics the silver without being an exact match?

Work in Progress – A New Matching Set

The design process with the two templates above.
The design process with the two templates above.

Yes, you read that right. I made a set of matching pieces. This doesn’t happen all that often, so you should mark this on your calendar.

But seriously, these pieces were inspired by my pendant that was inspired by my Super Bowl. Sometimes you just get a really good idea that keeps going. I decided that I wanted to try the pendant design as something smaller, so I thought, “I’ll make a ring.” That thought led to, “why not earrings, too?” Which naturally led to, “a pendant would really tie this set together.”

The cut out pieces of silver.
The cut out pieces of silver. Obviously I waited to texture them until after cutting them out, regardless of what I said below…
Cutting out the insides is not my favorite thing in the world...
Cutting out the insides is not my favorite thing in the world…

The ring and pendant are made out of slightly thicker sterling silver sheet, while I kept the earrings lighter. I textured the silver, cut out the shapes and filed the edges. Then I cut out the inner shapes, once again filed, then sanded everything up all nice.

The next step was adding the other parts – little hoops in the earrings and on the back of the pendant, ear wires, chain, and the shank on the ring. After it was all put together and a final clean-up, I darkened it all with liver of sulfur. You didn’t think I’d keep them shiny, did you?

Everything soldered and awaiting the final clean-up.
Everything soldered and awaiting the final clean-up.
All put together and shiny.
All put together and shiny.
See what it looks like worn.
See what it looks like worn.
Ah, that feels better. They're all dark and lovely now.
Ah, that feels better. They’re all dark and lovely now.