Discussion in 'Artwork: Painting, Sculpture, etc...' started by Lisa66, May 6, 2015.
Coober Pedy (Australian) opal and topaz necklace:
I saw a ring I admired on someone on a TV show I recorded......"Billions", on an actress named Maggie Shiff. She's a brilliant actor. She also played "Tara" on "Sons of Anarchy". On Billions, she is a quietly reserved but confident psychologist/professional corporate coach who is an S&M enthusiast (with her husband) in private. On the show, she wears clothing and jewelry that is often subtly suggestive of her private life. That style is one that I love. Although this piece is not suggestive of her character's private lifestyle, I just love it. I made it for someone with long fingers, like me. I'll be making one for myself, I love it so much. Sometimes the simplest pieces are the most attractive and satisfying to make.
Both stunning pieces @Lisa66 !!! The ring looks great! And I'm a total sucker for opals and textured metal.
Tonight I made some more punches out of nails to go with a tulip stamp I purchased (just the flower head). The supplier doesn't offer leaf stamps to go with it; at least ones that look like tulip leaves. I had already made the little short one and have used it many times. Crappy stamping job, but par for the course .
I’m going to have to try making some stamps! Those are great, Lisa
I like that ring! I'd even like it if it wasn't textured. But that's a nice touch.
Punches out of nails??? Do tell please. I think it looks awesome!
3" 10d common nails. Heat the working end until red hot, don't quench but allow to air cool. Form with whatever you get your hands on - but make sure to protect the jaws of jewelry pliers (if you are using them) with a few wraps of tape and check often to make sure they are still covered. You have to anneal numerous times, since they are shaped cold; I don't have tongs tiny enough to hold them while being shaped on my anvil while hot, lol.
When you're happy with the shape/image, Heat the working end to red hot and immediately quench in water to temper (harden). I use a grinder and sandpaper to finish.
Thank you!!! Always looking for tools to texture glass.
A little more progress:
@glassgrl ..... Thought of a couple other things. I cut the point of the nail off with a small hack saw before beginning to work it, depending on what I am doing. That is true of the ones above, since I was going for linear shapes and was trying to go for the most uniform, even edge before grinding.
Also, although at 3" the nails are long enough to use as a punch, they are still fairly thin to grasp in your hand. Many layers of some kind of tape help you to build up thickness wherever you like to hold a punch/stamp, plus help you grip it better.
What about using a tiny pair of vice grips?
That could work, along with a gloved hand (burns).... guessing handles would be short, too.
Copper prototype. “Garden” bracelet. Rough. Trying out stamps.
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