I love playing! Sitting down at my jewelry work area (usually, my kitchen table) without any deadlines or projects that have to be done are usually the most creative times. I look at what is laying around and pick something up and inspiration hits…or not! In a previous post, I talked about letting yourself get side-tracked and stepping away from the projects at hand and just letting the creative process happen.
About a month ago, as I was getting ready for a show, I decided not to focus on all the production work that really needed to be done, but to just sit down and play. I had some copper sheet on the table, so I decided to play with some simple fold forming. I have Charles Lewton-Brain’s book, “Fold Forming” and love it, but haven’t delved very deeply into it.
I didn’t document my whole process but took a few photos along the way for my facebook page.
|Here are the shapes after being tortured into submission!|
I really didn’t know what I was going to make out of these pieces, so they laid on my table for a few days! They were sort of big for pendants, so I decided to make fibulas!
|All clean! Ready for LOS and tumbling.|
The holes and curve were the hardest part. I started with smaller punches, but decided to go larger. The pins started as 14 gauge wire, but they ended up not being as strong as I wanted, so I went up to 12 gauge. I used my bracelet mandrel to give them a slight curve.
They cleaned up nicely! I actually sold one at my show that weekend and have the others in my shop.
I think they turned out great and I will definitely be making some more…I really want to delve into this technique and get more “outside the box” with it.
If I had just focused on “okay, I need to make 20 more pairs of earrings” instead of “okay, I am going to play today” these babies would have never been born!
So, go take a day off and play!!