Friday, March 2, 2012

Behind Closed Doors--the Locket Cuff

Today was day two of the workshop with  Richard Salley (assisted by Martina Stein.) Click on the names for info about the workshop, including photos of the projects. 

Today we started day one of the Behind Closed Doors--the Locket-Cuff.  This was a little harder because I had to saw and solder--two things I don't do much of. I was glad to get the opportunity to learn how to do a hinge.  

I etched my metal for the locket and then cut out the frame and locket sections.  While the door section was etching I worked on a practice piece.  I had a lot of trouble and part of the tube didn't solder well.  The practice helped though because the soldering went better on the actual piece. 

Here are some photos of where I was at the end of the day.

work in progress-locket
Locket in progress

I think I did more filing than I've ever done.  When I finally got my hinges together the two doors overlapped.  I filed and filed and finally got them to meet.  There is still more filing for tomorrow.

work in progress-locket

My photo is a little small for the inside of the frame so I altered the frame so the opening is smaller than the template.  You can see my soldering was messy.  The center panel will be covered up in the finished piece, fortunately.

   work in progress-locket

Part of this class was making some small hammers and bezel pushers.  I don't have any pictures of mine because I barely got started with them.  We also learned a couple of different ways to transfer the images for etching. 

During lunch a couple of us took a little walk and visited a couple of antique stores.  

antique tea cups

This house--a bridal shop--had a lot of gingerbread and romantic touches.

bridal shop in Old Town, Spring, TX

Tomorrow we set a stone in a bezel on the locket and make and attach a cuff.


Kim Stevens said...

Nice job! I've never done hinges before and I'm still not much of a solderer, I need to work on that. Love your doors, can't wait to see it finished!

Jenni said...

I love what you have day I hope to make a hinge. I look forward to seeing the finished job; really lovely so far.

Therese's Treasures said...

Your piece is beautiful so far, I can't wait to see it finished. I love all of that china with the rose patterns. Where is this shop located? Is it in Greenville or another town in Texas? Have fun with the rest of your learning.

Boot ~C said...

looks great. we are going to work on hinges in my jewelry class this semester too, do you know what kind of solder you are using on the copper?

Leslie Todd said...

Thanks, everyone. @Therese The shop is in Old Town in Spring, TX. Spring is close to Houston.

@Boot ~C We used medium wire solder on the hinges. We used hard solder to solder the bezel wire together, then medium solder to solder the back plate onto the bezel wire, then plumber's lead free solder to solder the bezel onto one of the doors.

My Life Under the Bus said...

Wow it's interesting to see the steps - there's a lot of work in that cuff!