It’s good to be home, and it’s good to be back in the studio! While I was on vacation I did a fair amount of jewellery designing, and that has continued since I’ve been home.
One of the jewellery ideas I had was around mixed metals. I’ve always loved combining metals, but due to different melting points, I’ve been very tentative about trying to mix them in the studio – prior to learning any silversmithing I would work with brass and copper, but there was no heat involved – I was hammering it for texture and making wire or wire/sheet jewellery.
I did some reading on soldering copper to sterling silver. I have lots of scrap copper wire, so I figured I should use it, not just store it. I thought a bracelet would be a good item to start on – only small areas of soldering, so less worry about making a mess. I think it worked! I haven’t finished it yet – I’m going to try wearing it for a day before painting a patina on it, just in case it needs some changes – sometimes the fit can be a little wonky.
Here is how it is looking now… It was a little dim outside when I took the picture, so the colours don’t come through too clearly, but you’ll get the idea.
How do you feel about mixed metals? Do you wear them?