Wato wato, a very happy and productive new year to you all.
Well I feel sure I’m not alone in carrying a little- well O/K a lot more weight after the festive season, when will we ever learn eh 😉
As promised, the copper brooches, made from my trusty supply of copper hot water tank. Not too much longer, I hope, before I’m back in work, the administration train runs sooo slooowww, then I will purchase more silver.
Being boracic lint, (cockney rhyming slang for skint, no money). I thought I was to receive some money before Christmas, alas it didn’t materialise, I was forced to improvise for cost effective prezzies. My poor long suffering mum was the recipient of one of these for Christmas.
I have explained alongside the pictures as best as I can the dry construction notes, I do feel bound to point out the one showing the small holes I drilled in the tube that acted to release pressure when soldering the two halves together. If you look at some closed forms you will see a little hole, this is for safety, the piece can explode whilst soldering if no allowance is given for the gasses to escape. Now the little boy in me would love to see this in action, however I have kept down this mischievous side of me and made my holes invisible. I really dislike seeing the hole that is drilled in pieces I have seen, so I opted to cut the slot deep enough to go through the underside/skin to allow me to drill two holes in the soldered bearer tube, this becomes invisible once the brooch is constructed and the pin added.
I chose to make the leaf in two halves for three reasons; The copper is quite thin, approximately 0.6mm, just under in fact, this makes any construction very weak. By soldering two halves together the strength increases. Also it adds weight, both visually and actually, making the piece more tactile. It also gave me the opportunity to use three different finishes, chased design for the veins, burnished edge to attract reflective light, helping to accentuate the curve in all directions, and finally a contrasting planished back.
The pin was made from florists stainless steel wire 1.0mm thick. If you notice the first one I put a curve to follow the back, the second I bent a zig zag to act as a spring, enabling me to keep the pins straight, either will do, I could not express a favourite.
Of the two, I think I prefer the first one. The veins were chased with a narrower liner, I attempted to make bigger veins with the second, perhaps too thick?
I like to flame patinate copper and seal it with a clear coat of acrylic. I should have been braver and gone for some more purples and reds, oh well, another time perhaps.
I hope these will give you some ideas of your own, please do let me know, I would be thrilled to hear from you.
Until next time, all my very best wishes.