Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Some design ideas I worked out in copper

I tried a few variations on the cuff bracelets I make. I've been texturing them with the leaf texture I've developed and then forming the bracelets. On the top image I did the texture, used my jewelers saw to cut out the inserts, then formed the bracelet. I like the way this one turned out the best.

The middle image I cut out the "circles and then formed the bracelet - the "circles" are now ovals. Obviously there is some distortion and moving of metal when forming the bracelet.

The bottom image I soldered the circles on to the bracelet while it was still flat and then formed the bracelet. Which may not seem like a big deal until you try soldering on a curved surface - very tricky, things tend to move around. The circles had minimal distortion and still look good on this bracelet.

My thoughts on these bracelets is that I wanted to see the results of how adding metal and taking away metal would affect the bracelets when they were formed. Overall I'm pleased with the results and will move forward and create some similar bracelets in argentium silver.

1 comment:

Adrienne Coventry said...

Oh my gosh! I love the copper bracelet with the leave cut-outs and leave imprints! You are amazing! We love you!