Last few weeks have been really busy with Christmas stock for Art in the Heart, new cabinet set up at Corn Exchange Shopping Arcade, Craft events and the forthcoming ESC Artists Exhibition.
I just didn’t have time to update the blog last week so you can see lots of photos of the things I have been making in week 38 & 39. These include Hammed Copper Cuffs, Wire & Bead Bracelets, Copper Trays, Copper Leaf Sculptures, Christmas Decorations from Soft Drink Cans and Colourful Earrings for Christmas.
Last week was mostly about Earrings and Brooches. Lots of them. Here is the work in progress. Most of these will be going to Art in the Heart in Peterborough for the Gift shop and the Pop-Up event at Queensgate Shopping Centre on 8th October.
Mr A has made a new 3 litre annealing pan for me 🙂
This will make life easier and I am really looking forward to making larger copper trays, bowls and sculptures. He is also cutting a big wooden block form the logs collected for our wood-burner, which will make hammering the bigger items easier.
Last week I finally gave my new bench vice an outing and indulged in my latest favourite technique. Yes I know I seem to have several favourite techniques, but that is only because coppersmithing is so much fun! Air Chasing is one that is giving me most satisfaction right now.
Air chasing copper requires time and a lot of effort but the end results are spectacular and each piece is a one off! And that’s why I do it 🙂
Here are a few pictures of some of the steps I went through.
I look forward to your comments and thoughts on these pieces. Some of these and other air chased copper pieces are available to buy in my online shop, some will be going to stockists.
Apologies for lack of updates lately. Lots of bespoke work going on which I can’t share yet. My friend Eve Marshall has asked me to make some special copper components for the felt sculptures she is making for her forthcoming exhibitions. There are 5 projects in total. Project 1 and 2 have been delivered. Three more to do, one of which is going to take some thinking about.
So I took a break from it all and made a few copper bracelets. I have signed up to sell my designs at a gallery (that is a story for another day, probably by the end of this month) and I need to create some new stock to send there.
I had etched some of my doodles some time ago and had not quite decided what I was going to do with them.
So I cut up the etched sheet into rectangular pieces and discs, brazed copper jump-rings on them and joined them together with wire links. A liver of sulphur patina gives it an antique finish and I am quite happy with the results.
Two of these bracelets will be going to the gallery, one in my online shop once I have taken some pictures.
Earlier this year I embarked on a new adventure and learnt about Air Chasing, a technique of forging copper using hammers, daps and a vice. It has given me the opportunity to be daring, funky and original in my creations and I am having so much fun!
The fact that this style is being appreciated and people are buying is very satisfying. This is what I do and my creativity is a means to earn a living too. It is nice to know that the work I do is appreciated.
I put together a little air chasing collage so you can see some of the steps involved in creating this style of work.
Air Chased jewellery is available to buy in my online shop
It would be lovely to read your comments about this and other posts on my blog. I look forward to hearing from you!
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