|Let the weaving begin! This part took patience.|
I have made progress on the papoose pendants. Other projects have distracted me, but hopefully I will persevere and get these finished very soon. One is farther along than the other, because I like the woven part better (below). It is made from copper wire that was textured as it passed through the rolling mill. At right is a photo of the beginning of the weaving process.
Right: 18-gauge copper wire was passed through the rolling mill, with various textured plastic and metal sheets on top to vary the surfaces. Below, the “scarf” around the face displays a texture also achieved using the rolling mill. The two small holes seen at the top are part of the cold connection I will use to assemble the piece.
|The face is not yet painted and the bezel is untrimmed,|
What remains to finish this piece includes trimming and filing the back piece around the bezel, forming and inserting a bail in the top, epoxying the body into the bezel then making the cold connections, and painting the face.
This component (left) is the beginning of a “crown” piece that will pass through the two upper scarf holes for part of the cold connection. This piece has since been scalloped, filed and polished, so I think it will look good, tying in the polished edges of the back piece with the front. I plan to work some silver decoration into the lower scarf area, for color more contrast than in just the face.
Until next time!