Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday--Hammering Down to the Holidays

Wow, I can hardly believe that it is almost Christmas!  I still have a couple of presents to find and some plans to finalize.  And a little shopping...and probably some things I've forgotten about...

The last couple of days I've been working on finishing up another batch of fold formed copper cuffs.  I just can't get enough of the fold forming.  

Here's a set of pictures illustrating the various courses of hammering.  You may remember the first picture from a couple of weeks ago. This was after the first course of hammering.

fold formed copper cuffs in progress

This is after the second course of forging.

foldforming #2

Hammering is finished. The curved cuff has four courses of hammering and the other had three.

foldforming #3

I've opened the Rutger fold and done some pickling and filing. There was some interesting color on these after the pickling but it all came off when I cleaned it with steel wool.

foldforming #4

The cuffs have been cleaned with steel wool, stamped with my initials,  and a final shaping has been done.  They'll go in the tumbler tomorrow, get patinaed, and have a finish coat applied. 

foldforming #5

I've decided to start including more focals by other artists in my designs and have been hitting Etsy pretty hard over the last couple of months.  I have these pieces out where they will percolate for a while until I decide what to do.

These are by Martha Eason of Menagerie Studio

etsy purchases from Menagerie Studio

These are by Heather Powers of Humblebeads.  Hmmmm...I seem to have a theme going on.

etsy purchase from Humblebeads

These are by Melanie Brooks of Earthenwood. Maybe I should be careful and not let these get too close to the ones above. 

etsy purchase from Earthenwood

And I got some really cool found objects.  These escutcheons are from Nemisis on Etsy.

etsy purchase from Nemisis-escutcheons

I'm going to put the long one on the bottom left on a cuff.  It looks like it will bend just fine.  I have some others I want to put on cuffs, but I'm not sure they'll survive the bending.  The three escutcheons in the upper right are nice and thick.  I may etch them. Or not. 

Check here for a giveaway for my followers.  I'll be posting another giveaway open to everyone soon. And don't forget to check out the other bead tables here.

I leave you with this, taken from a letter by Fra Giovanni in 1513.  

I am your friend
and my love for you goes deep.
There is nothing I can give you
which you have not got, 
but there is much, very much 
that while I cannot give it,
you can take.

No heaven can come to us
unless our hearts find rest in today.
Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future
which is not hidden
in this present little instant.
Take peace!

The gloom of the world
is but a shadow.
Behind it,
yet within our reach
is joy.
There is radiance and glory
in the darkness
could we but see -
and to see we have only to look.
I beseech you to look!

Life is so generous a giver,
but we, judging its gifts
by the covering,
cast them away as ugly,
or heavy or hard.
Remove the covering
and you will find beneath it
a living splendor,
woven of love,
by wisdom, with power.

Welcome it, grasp it,
touch the angel's hand
that brings it to you.
Everything we call a trial,
a sorrow, or a duty, believe me,
that angel's hand
is there,
the gift is there, and the wonder
of an overshadowing presence.
Our joys, too, be not
content with them as joys.
They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

Life is so full
of meaning and purpose,
so full of beauty
- beneath its covering -
that you will find earth
but cloaks your heaven.

Courage, then, to claim it,
that is all.
But courage you have,
and the knowledge that
we are all pilgrims together,
wending through
unknown country, home.

And so, at this time,
I greet you.
Not quite as the world
sends greetings,
but with profound esteem
and with the prayer
that for you
now and forever,
the day breaks,
and the shadows flee away. 

Fra Giovanni


Alice said...

Gorgeous pieces! I love seeing they progressed.

Thanks for sharing the lovely letter with us.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Therese's Treasures said...

Leslie, The copper cuffs are going to be gorgeous when they are done, I like them right now all shinny. Thank you for sharing the letter by Fra Giovanni.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Gaby Bee said...

These pieces are absolutely stunning!! I too loved seeing they progressed. Your work is brilliant!
Merry Christmas to you and yours; may the New Year keep you safe, healthy, and creating more art so I can continually be inspired.

Gaby xo

Lori Anderson said...

WOW, but I loved seeing that process. It's amazing how things can change shape with just a hammer and some creativity!

Sharyl said...

Leslie, for those of us who don't do this sort of metal work, this is an education! Really enjoyed seeing and hearing about each step. Also interesting to see the parts you are thinking of incorporating and your concerns. Can't wait to see the final products!

My Life Under the Bus said...

All that eye candy !!! Those escutcheons will be awesome - I can't wait to see what you do with them!

Kaleida Eclectics said...

Gorgeous foldform cuffs!
Thanks for the link to Richard Salley's FB page :)