|Bronze Leaf; Rusty Washer; Folded & Forged Copper|
Yet another new technique for me....you may have noticed
that I tend to jump all over the place regarding
experiments. There are just so many possibilities with so many
materials - I may have give up sleeping.
This is the first time I've played with fold forming. I have to say...
that's fun big time! The leaf is from a thin bronze sheet I picked up
at Hobby Lobby. Here's how I started.
I had forgotten how much fun it is to do rubbings. This leaf is from
our Weeping Cherry Tree. Instead of free handing the leaf,
I cut the rubbing out and used it for a pattern.
|Bronze Leaf on my new, old non=anvil.|
I had no idea what I was doing...so I just folded it in the vise, hammered it
flat...whacked it a few times with a chisel, annealing between each set of hammering.
It was fun, but I'm looking forward to trying other shapes, etc.
|And pretty much the same process with the copper square.|
texture, annealed, unfolded, repeat, repeat, repeat, etc.
Then when I got the folded square back to my work table,
one of my new rusty washers jumped right onto it! Don't ya think?
I have no idea my new/old/rusty washer got that fantastic gold patina. I did the
following: brushed it with a brass brush; filed sharp edges, washed
it off a little, dried it, smeared some JAX green on it a few times.
Nothing seemed to be happening, so I washed it and let it dry.
Magic! I love that yellow/gold. I'm gonna seal it.
And I think I'll try punching some holes in the square and
wiring the washer to the square copper. Then probably use some
rivets to fasten the whole thing to another piece of copper...or bronze..or something.
Can you solder copper to copper with fine silver wire solder? Anyone know?
I'd like to solder a copper tube to the top but I may have to wire it.
Also, I can see dangle thingies coming off the bottom.
We'll see. Stay tuned.
The UPS guy brought me some new silver today...I want to make
cuff bracelets. Can't wait to try it!
|This used to be a bird house.|