Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tink, Tink, Tink

Today, I was inspired to finish two cuff bracelets made from Nugold.

They were already cut to size so my next step was to create the design. I decided on a hammered texture combined with stamping for one, and a hammered texture with a roller printed stripe for the other.

Hammering is therapy for me. The tink, tink, tink of the hammer on the metal puts me in a meditative state. I hammer and examine, hammer and examine, and repeat again and again. The process is easy, and pretty fast. And, the gratification comes quickly for this project.

Cuff #1 has a "v" shape pattern made with a pointed tool. I hammer short linear lines inside each "v" area. I think using two textures makes for a more interesting piece.

Cuff #2 has recessed wide roller printed stripes. I decide to hammer a linear pattern in each raised area. I like the contrast between the smooth recessed area and the linear lines.

I complete the look by hammering the side edges. The cuff is turned on its side for this step. I think this extra detail gives the cuff a more finished look.

The last step is to send these off to be gold-plated, followed by a patina. Yeah! Don't you just love it when a project turns out great!

1 comment:

  1. I love the texture. I can't wait to see the gold-plating. You'll have to let me know where you do this!