This week, I thought I would do a 2nd attempt at kiln enameling and started cutting out a boat-load of copper shapes. While cutting copper and dreading the epic fail I think kiln-enameling holds for me, I got distracted by some fold-formed shapes on Pinterest, I have only touched the surface of foldforming but I have the bible…Charles Lewton-Brain’s book, Foldforming. I have done the simple folds to make cute leaves, hearts, and components like my fold-formed hoops in the newest Easy Metal publication from Interweave, but I wanted to try something new.
Fast forward to the book and finding the page about what he calls “Boondoggle” OMG, doesn’t this take everyone back to childhood summer camp or vacation bible school? I was intrigued and decided to play!
Remember making cord/plastic lanyards or keychains? This is the same technique, only in metal. Charles doesn’t go into detail in his book about the procedure, as it is out there in the realm, but I documented my steps. Sorry for some blurry photos 🙁
Copper sheet (I used 24g but you could go smaller)
Flat nosed pliers
2nd pair of any type of plier
hammer (any type)
rubber or rawhide mallet
small torch for annealing
|Pickled and ready for use!|
As you see, I didn’t quite have enough to complete a bangle bracelet, but think I will add chain and a clasp! I really like it and think smaller segments for earring components would be very cool! So many possibilities.
Go have fun!