Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Six Skeleton Keys...
I just finished making these six skeleton keys which have been posted in my Shop! I love them and think they're just great... however... they take a whole heck of a lot of work. I start out by pressing the CopprClay into a mold. Once the clay has turned leather-hard, I hand-tool and whittle them down for maximum key-shape. (They're quite fragile in this state and I broke a few with my over-zealous knife moves!) After I initial their backs, they're fired in a carbon environment. Once they've cooled down after the firing, I work-harden them on a bench block with a hammer. Since they are relatively thin, this step is essential. It quickly ferrets out any structural defects and provides extra strength to the survivors. I feel that if it can hold up to a hammer and a steel block, it'll hold up to most jewelry applications! They are then thrown into the tumbler until they're bright and shiny. I then flame polish them for the iridescent finish and to bring out the details in the skull.
So... there are only six. I probably won't make anymore unless the mood strikes me, which makes them limited editions. Although they're all pretty much the same, each one is one-of-a-kind. There are slight differences in the details. I love the fact that each one is subtly different. I think the human touches really make the piece.
To get your very own, CLICK HERE. I've only got the six, so act fast!