Playing with metal, fire and pliers is definitely my new favourite past time.
I bought a couple of different thicknesses in copper wire and wasn’t too sure what to do with them at first. While I was playing around with another idea (this should be finished very soon) I realised how much of a difference hammering makes. The fine wire is pretty flimsy on its own, but if you whack it enough it becomes a bit more rigid. A pretty therapeutic process really.
After smacking all my tension away, I had to figure out how to fix these sticks together. Holes would have probably been the most logical way forward, but I don’t have a small enough drill and I think at my skill level the bars would just split. Instead I decided to go with soldering little jump rings on the back and hoping for the best.
So, my rings went a little wonky. Definitely more practice is needed but that’s what experiments are for, right? I love the colours that the heat gives the copper. Technically I should probably clean up and polish these bits but I think I’m going to leave them as they are. A bit of time later and quite a bit of faffing with jump rings and chain, I have a necklace.
It could definitely be a bit more even but I kind of like the whole skew-whiff effect. That’s the story I’m sticking with anyway.
Seeing this all come together relatively quickly has given me a great little creative boost. There are so many ideas running through my head of what I can do next, I just need to make sure I push myself to experiment more and not stick with the same techniques.