Thursday, February 20, 2014
Affirmations in Metal...
I decided to make a few pendants with different affirmations stamped in copper. I used the Newsprint font from ImpressArts on copper discs that I cut out with a disc-cutter. I used the two-hole metal punch to make the holes at the tops and bottoms. (Tip: To make cleaner holes and make your set last long, remove your punch and put the tip into a stick of Bur-Life or even bar soap. It'll lubricate the tip.) I used the ball-peen side of the hammer to create an additional texture. I was careful not to texture too close to the letters, so that the letter impressions stayed nice and crisp, without distorting them. This is important, because when I went back to darken the letters to make them pop, I wanted them to read clearly.
I played around with my torch to "flame polish" the pendants and give them groovy, iridescent patinas. The rainbow, butterfly-wing-shimmer effect happens on the cool down. I was being experimental and I cooked some of them a little too long, causing some fire-scale, but I dig the cherry reds and blushes of fuchsia.
I will add jump rings to the tops of the pendants for bails and fun, wire-wrapped dangles at the bottoms. I imagine hanging them off of simply beaded necklaces or chains with a couple wire-wrapped dangle embellishments. I might tie on some recycled sari silk ribbon for a contrasting texture and to play up the colors in the pendants. I think they look good AND provide nice little reminders to be more positive.