The legs were carved from purple wax using a flexshaft.  The plant was fabricated flat, then bent into form.  Bezel wire was stamped, and formed to create small parts such as the leaves and ruffles.  

Tip:  Use reverse soldering or cold connections to attach small parts to larger ones.  Reverse soldering refers to drilling holes in sheet, placing wire through the whole, and soldering from the back side.  The cage was cold connected to the base using tube rivets.


Training Wheels was designed to run over the table upon the wearer's finger.  


(I also began riding a motorcycle in 2010; that might explain the two wheels).



Below: Antique print

Tip:  Use a scribe and a pattern to transfer drawing to wax. 


 


 

Left:  Initial drawing of ring 

Below: image of antique birdcage





 


Training Wheels.

Cast silver, fabricated silver, found objects, patina.


Venus & Mars.   

Below:  Initial sketch of two brooches was created after workshop on weaving techniques with Anastasia Azure.



Tip:  Model made from brown wax was spray painted silver to see visual weight of parts in the design. 


Form created from purple wax was carved using a flex shaft.  

Tip:  Use panty hose for final polishing.


Below:  Antique print. 


 

Mars was designed as the male counterpart to the Venus brooche.  Both pieces were created using coated wire and thin sheet.  As the wire could not be heated without removing the color, cold connections or tube rivets attach the woven section to the silver structure.  A spiral pin back finishes the back side.


Left:  Initial drawing for Laparoscopy II

Below:  Antique surgical instruments 


Below:  Drawing with blue prints and patterns 


Process:  The ribcage was chased in pitch and pierced.  The face was created in oil based clay and cast with plastic into a silicon mold, then sandblasted.  The arms of the brooche swing in a circular motion and would collapse without the steel springs.  The uterus and ovaries are fabricated with sheet, wire, and fused silver.


Tips:  Use fine silver for small chased pieces.  

If you use oil-based clay with silicone be sure to seal the clay with spray varnish.  Clays containing sulfur will cause the mold not to cure.  You can also push wet clay into silicone molds and extract after the clay has hardened somewhat.


Laparoscopy II.  Silver, copper, plastic, rubber, steel.

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