Sunday, April 26, 2009

Better Late Than Never



Here are some pieces I made back in college (the first time) that I never got around to photographing. They're made with champleve enamel, textured copper and steel wire. The floating effect is done by attaching the pieces using wire rivets with tubing spacers. I made each of these in about a day in the studio so they're pretty spontaneous pieces. Steel wire is great for assembling designs quickly, because you can spot-solder it with silver solder. You can keep adding pieces without having to worry about the solder on your previous joints melting. It works really well for building up three dimensional structures.

5 comments:

KMJewelryStudio said...

These are beautiful! I love seeing this kind of work? Do you have any more unphotographed pieces to share? :)

Copperheart said...

I have a few more hanging around. I'll have to find them ;)

Swati said...

Oh these are beautiful!!

Melanie-Pearl said...

i love these, too. i often wonder if i'd like to go back to school for this stuff---recently passed up an interview for grad school. if you ever feel like sharing, I'd love to know more about how formal education helped/hurt/enabled/frustrated you.

Copperheart said...

Going to school for metalworking was in a lot of ways a pretty frustrating experience. My main professor was very conceptually focused and that was difficult for me. I also found it to be somewhat high-pressure, with critiques and whatnot. That said, I'm glad I went. I don't think I could have learned all the things I learned in school on my own, and the experience of working in a studio with other metals students was invaluable. I guess it just took me a while to figure out that I could do my own thing and trust that it would all work out in the end.