HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
hope everyone had a busy but fulfilling holiday! i spent a fair amount of time in December to make stuff, sell stuff, eat and talk and laugh. i also crawled my way back into the Ballet classroom and re-connected to the long lost part of me.
i had the pleasure of doing a show at the C.W. Howe Partners Inc annual holiday party again, and caught up with my friends and a few of my returning customers. one of them, Mattie, landed her tasteful eyes on a necklace i was wearing that night— one of those pieces that i made intentionally for sale but ended up having hard time to part from. at my booth, or cubicle, she purchased christmas gifts for her daughter, herself, and (i felt like anyways) every single lady friend she’s ever known, and then asked me to custom made one Fly Me to the Moon necklace after she went home! the only way to show my gratitude to her support, would be putting my heart and soul into the piece and cast another smiling spell onto it before sending it out.
and here is how…
first i anneal a piece of sterling silver to soften it, and feed it through the roller mill
then i torch it up again to a temperature right below the melting point— brushing my torch around my metal and create wrinkly texture selectively, on top of the grits pattern that i make with my roller mill
two textures on, i’m happy with it
while i wait for the sterling to be cleaned in the pickle bath, i cut a little piece of brass tubings as a hidden bail
after annealing it, i shape it with a hexagon mandrel
…so that instead of a round circle, i got one side flatten, making a secure fit for soldering later on
see the “D” shape instead of “O”? that’s what i need
my metal is cleaned and the texture is more visible now
so i go back in and add more texture by hammering certain areas with a dapping tool, creating a surface resembling the moon
trim into a circle
then i look at mine, the one i am keeping for myself, as a reference, and sketch a little on the sterling as my cutting guideline
saw saw saw…sa-sa-sa-sa-saw
the moon got a face now
anneal again, then i shape it into a dome, and retouch the nose and the mouth. yes, i little nose job wouldn’t hurt would it?
setting the moon aside, i start on the base. here i got a thicker gauge copper, and i solder a fine silver bezel ring onto it.
trim out the excess
after filing the edge, i solder the brass bail onto the back
a little more refining on the moon
everything bathed and scrubbed real clean again, they are ready to be assembled together.
push push push
smooth smooth smooth
as a final touch, i texturize all around the edge
before patina, super shiny all over
after patina, there are more contrast and the textures are more refined.
small logo for small name in the back punched on, and sealed with enamel spray
here comes the last and crucial part! paper & resin!!
i select the area which goes the best with the shape of the moon
cut it out
carefully insert it into the bezel cup under the moon
mixing the 2-parted resin really really well, then i *hold my breath* very carefully pour it into the cup
then comes my least favorite part of the process, WAITING!
after 3 days, it is completely cured and i finish it off with a velvet ribbon
custom made for Mattie
from the “Fly Me to the Moon” series
this can be worn like a traditional bolo tie…
…or as a bow!
allow me to once again thanks Mattie for the continuous love and support!! it’s fantastic customers like her who keep me inspired and fired up, literally 😉
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