Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Fused Silver Pendants!

Having a torch in the studio leads to all kinds of mischief!  I can't tell you how many times I turn to my enameling torch to do something.  From annealing metal to fusing sterling to copper. Watching the silver become liquid and flow is mesmerizing. 

When that part's finished, you get to think of other ways to enhance the random wanderings of the silver.  You can punch holes, engrave, make divots or peaks. In the end, all they really need is a chain, but you could jazz the pendants up quite a bit with other danglies and bits! 

Each is made from sterling silver that has been fused to a 1.25" copper disc.  Some are engraved with little designs and patterns.  Some have holes with raised edges that have been punched in the metal.  Some have larger peaks made from little mounds of silver ... others have little peaks made with a centering punch. Some are passed through the rolling mill and then engraved. As you can see, it was a process that evolved!  All are oxidized, polished, and smoothed.  You can find them on etsy.  

But before you go, let me ask you something ... 

Are there tools in your studio that are your "go-to" tools?  Do you find yourself creating multi-purpose tools from one that was originally purchased for a designated task?  I'd love to hear from you!


PyxeeStyx said...

I have a hammer my grandpa bought for me when I was about 5. I used to build stuff out of the firewood pile when I was a kid. Now I use it for stamping and forging copper, and everything else under the sun.

Barbara Lewis said...

You must feel great when you use that hammer ... as if you grandfather is there by your side guiding you. Thanks for sharing !

sandi m said...

These are sooo cool! Reminds me of my Richard Salley class where we fused lead free silver solder to copper and stamped the solder. So much fun and less expensive than using sterling.