Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Bead Table Wednesday--Forging
There's not much on the bead table today. I have this copper wire which I've annealed prior to texturing and shaping into cuffs and bangles. Some of the thinner wire, which is 8 gauge, will be made into forged wire pendants if all goes to plan. The partially shaped cuff is 2 gauge. Usually I trim the ends before shaping but I was going for a particular size so I shaped first. I had wanted to work some more 2 gauge today to make larger man-sized cuffs but I seem to be out of 2 gauge. The largest wire I can get locally is 4 gauge so I'll have to mail order some.
My son, Stefan, is interested in forging some of the bracelets. We had planned to work on that today but didn't make it. Hopefully tomorrow.
The etched brass is waiting for a bath to remove the pink. Probably it will become back pieces for pendants. I've been playing with some of the drawer handles hardware (shown here) and am trying to figure out how to connect the pieces. I want to frame a photo with the hardware and am thinking about soldering versus cold connections. I've never tried to rivet something so narrow but I'm probably less likely to make a mess riveting than soldering.
Back to work!