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« on: December 13, 2005 02:48:05 PM »

in my jewelry class at school, we were required to hand-make a broach made of metal.
the only requirements were that we must have at least 1 texture, 2 rivets, and 2 parts soldered on.

i chose the dirtiest metal i could find, just because.. well.. i dont like clean metal. it has no character.

anywho, this is what i came up with.

if you cant tell [which a lot of people cant at first], its a ribcage with a heart behind it.
the ribcage is made of nickel, the heart is copper, and the backing piece is bronze.

it looked AMAZING until i had to put it in the chemical bath before i was able to sauder it... now it just looks all burnt and kinda crappy. but i refuse to buff it and shine it, i still think this is better than that.

its all burnt because my teacher is insane and instead of using a soldering gun, we used a TORCH. c'maaaaan.

anyway, what do you think?

« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2005 02:50:29 PM »

that is awesome...I love pieces inspired by anatomy!
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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2005 03:52:58 PM »

I like it a lot.

 As to your comment about using a torch...I'm a silversmith and I use a torch for EVERYthing.  (Well, just about.)

Soldering iron??? c'maaaan!   Wink

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2005 06:19:45 PM »

Wow, that's powerful.  I recognized what it was right away, and it hit me hard.  In a good way.

« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2005 06:21:29 PM »

you get to do a jewellery class at school? maaaaaaan!

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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2005 06:27:08 PM »

I really like it! I also use a torch, I don't think the irons get hot enough to solder joins?
If you polished it, you could always add texture later with different sanding wheels or oxidize it to bring it's dirty look back. But polishing it would bring the color back that you lost in the pickle.
It's a great design and I am also jealous about the metalsmithing class--we never had anything that cool.

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2005 11:55:13 AM »

I like this piece! I'm into archeology and I love bones. REALLY cool.

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