My first finished piece using bronze, copper, and silver. The cabochon is one of my fused crinklized dichroic pieces. You may notice that the design is not the same as the original piece I was working on….well, that’s because the first one didn’t turn out. That’s ok, I learn from my mistakes (most of the time ;)) and I think the completed design actually turned out better as a result. Maybe it was meant to be this way?
Dan took a short video of me soldering the bezel to this piece. The next time I try this, I will try to do a little more step by step and explanation of the process. I edited the original clip and condensed it so it would drag on. Leading up to this point, I decided to add three copper overlays to add some interest to the design. I think it’s just part of my personality as a designer….I have an idea of what I would like, sketch it, and then as it progresses…I see other things that need to be incorporated in the piece. That seemed to be the case for this piece with the addition of the copper overlays.
In the video, you can see these little pieces of copper sitting on top of the back plate and they are being soldered into place at the same time the bezel is. Solder flows toward the heat as it melts so at the end of this video, I was trying to direct the solder flow to the outside edge of the bezel to form a complete join between the bezel and the back plate. I saved the video as a QuickTime movie and for some reason, WordPress will not permit uploading of that file format, so here’s the short clip of my soldering
linked off my web page.
This is how the base looked after the soldering. Kind of a mess actually, but I’ve learned that things don’t look pretty until the finishing stage. I guess that is pretty much normal for most of the work I do, whether it’s glass or metal. It’s almost like unwrapping a present as I work on the final completion stages.
I cleaned it up, polished it, etc for the final look you see at the top of this post. I haven’t decided if I want to add a patina too it. I like seeing the different metal colors and textures. I used a very subtle texture on the bronze. I was trying to find something to compliment the texture of the crinklized glass. And the copper is plain, but I rounded the edges of each overlay to help soften and blend them with the rest of the piece. The bezel is fine silver.
It’s been a great weekend. Here’s wishing all of you a wonderful week of creativity. Strive to be more as an artist and a person. Until next time…Namaste and Blessings to you.