Posted 5 years ago
I took "Metalsmithing" in high-school. I didn't expect it to be a jewelry class, but it was.
By this project, I'd broken half the blades on my finely strung hand-saw-- by finely-strung, I mean that the saw-blade you string into a saw by hand is more reflective of a guitar string than anything else. It's just more breakable.
This piece took me a week to make.
It began as a slightly warped solid piece of copper sheet I rough-cut off to a rectangle.
I sketched my design and transferred it to the copper, which I then cut the exterior of with the string-like blade of the awkward hand-saw-- the object clamped down.
I then drilled relief holes (a lot) in the design and strung my blade through them to cut the designs out.
I cut and filed and sanded and burned this many times. I added copper shavings and powdered chemicals before torching it repeatedly, then either letting it slow-cool or cool quickly to experimentally achieve its colouration.
I beat it into shape and would then go burn it again (work-hardening from hammering.)
I beat into it with a texture hammer and filed again, sanded, clear-coated.
The chain is also made of copper.
I wound the jump-rings up on a hand-cranked jump-ring maker from solid wire, cut them all by hand as the pump-pedal cutter was broken, filed down the end on each, put them together, formed the chain and left in in Liver of Sulphur for a bit to get it that colour.
I presented this to my mom on Christmas, several months after I had made it.
For 10 years my mom and I have been volunteering at an animal sanctuary. We work with the wolves there. This is why it is a paw print.
(My name's first influence stems back to the bears that used to be there.)