The flame colors the metal (this is copper above) which so fascinating. Intense colors can be created. However it changes as soon as the flame is pulled away so I never know what color will ultimately occur!
I start by annealing (heating to soften and give it color) strips, then by cutting up pieces and piercing a hole in them.
I love how the heat pretties up these patterned copper pieces.
Then is it time to hammer to flatten the pieces as well as give them texture. Also file the corners so they are not sharp.
Every piece yields different results so each is one of a kind. Then I seal them so the patina stays.
I have no plan for any of the pieces as I go through these steps. I wait for inspiration later deciding how I want to piece things together.
Now if I can just figure out how to recreate my favorite below it would be fabulous! Yes that intense color and blackness was all created by the flame. So cool!
I love how the natural copper color is peaking out on some of the edges. This one is named Confidence for its bold color and a reminder for the wearer to believe in him or herself.
I am also in love with Balance below. How amazing are the effects on this piece? The metal is thinner on this piece so the result is completely different from the thicker ones. This is for the person who lives a balanced life (or at least strives to.)
Cosmic came out awesome too! This triangle is thin brass with an end result that is outer space like. This is for the individual who thinks with intensity.
I am also quite fond of Simplicity below for its minimalist look. Rich colors came out in this piece. This unisex piece is to inspire to live a most uncomplicated life as possible.
I would like to create more earrings but it is tricky creating 2 pieces that work well together. These came out beautifully though.
Well that is just a glimpse of what I have been up to (obsessed with) lately.
Thank you for stopping by! ~Val