Thursday, July 19, 2012

Metal Ruffles...more fun with foldforming!

I have been having a blast experimenting lately with foldforming metal, after my sweet hubby gave me Charles Lewton-Brain's fabulous book Foldforming for our anniversary.   There is something so satisfying about taking a piece of raw metal and torturing it into submission!   Annealing, folding, hammering, annealing, hammering, annealing, opening, hammering some more...it is hard to stop! It also feels so freeing to know that aside from the little copper beads on the earwires, these are completely fabricated by me.

These started out as long leaves that I was going to enamel or add bead dangles to, but knowing today was my day on Earrings Everyday,  I decided to curl them around my ring mandrel to make hoop earrings.  I think they turned out pretty well!





I will definitely be adding these to my inventory, as well as some variations.  Deciding which side of the fold would show on the outside was sort of an "eeny, meeny, miney, mo" process.  I think the next ones will be reversed.

10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. They would look sweet either way. I love the texture and patina.
    Jenni

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  2. Very cool, I have been playing with fold forming as well!!

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  3. These are fantastic! I think they would look good either way. I've got to pick up that book!

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  4. fabulous!! love the ruffly edges! what gauge sheet did you use?

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  5. They're fabulous! I've got my video and need to start hammering! You're inspiring

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  6. I agree! It is so satisfying to fabricate everything (or almost) yourself. Your earrings are beautiful!

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  7. These are stunning!!!

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  8. These are amazing! I have that book and haven't done a damn thing! You're my inspiration!

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  9. The earrings are lovely. The book is on my wishlist, but I have been dabbling in foldforming, and loving it.

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  10. Absolutely stunning!

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