Fold form pendant adventures
In case you'd like further insight into my often-impulsive design techniques, here is the massively scientific method I used on the first pendant, below...
1. Start with a big sheet of copper.
2. Practice a new fold form technique -- in this case, a cross-over pattern.
3. Cut a rectangle out of a sheet of paper approximately the size of a pendant, and throw away the rectangle. Hold the paper like a frame over various parts of the hammered copper, tilting it this way and that, until you say "That's cool!"
4. Lay the paper on the copper at the chosen angle, and mark the shape on the metal with a sharpie pen.
5. Cut out the metal. Voila!
So here you go, this week's fold form projects...
This one is a brainstorm I had combining my favorite hoop earring design with a leaf. Actually, I think I might make some earrings like this and keep them for myself :)
This was an experiment to see how large of a sheet I could handle with the torch I have now. I desperately need a new torch. I couldn't quite anneal (heat to a red glow) a 10" sheet but trying that did inspire me to make my biggest pendant ever. Not for everyone perhaps, but a statement for the right person! The stitching is sterling silver and the gemstones are malachite. I'm pretty sure I'm going to work on a link necklace to hang it on, so you may see this again.
And finally a simple teardrop pendant just over 2" long.
None of these designs have soldered parts or more than one piece of metal. They begin as a flat sheet of copper and are folded / forged into organic, 3- dimensional shapes.
There is a completely different fold form technique that I'd like to do next. It looks difficult but oh so cool. I'm not overly confident about how it will turn out, but I promise to post a pic even if it turns out badly. Wish me luck and tune in for next week's episode...!
6/14/2011 06:46:35 pm
Your foldforming looks great! I want to learn how to do that fold on the large pendant. It looks very cool. I've just started learning and it's so exciting.
6/15/2011 08:44:09 pm
thanks, Sue. I have Lewton-Brain's book and the DVD tutorial by Kim St. Jean. I had a little instruction from Richard Salley on line folds and that's about it. It sure is fun.
6/22/2011 04:46:57 am
I am in love with the big pendant w/malachite stones. The colors are amazing. I really love your work!
3/5/2015 03:38:36 pm
I have taken a few classes in fold forming. I love your pendants and would like to learn more.
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