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« on: May 22, 2005 09:36:18 PM »

Thought this might be of slight interest. I had absolutely no experience before this. My only 3-D skills are in ceramics, so torches and crucibles were a new and wonderful thing. This is the result of my 6-week Intro to Metalsmithing class.


 A better picture as far as reference to actual size

The ring is watercast silver. I used a copper brush to shine it up a bit, then sanded it to open up some of the pores. I used black max on a few spots, then used some kind of sulfur (should have written it down) for layering on different color spectrums. I used the copper brush again to take away most of the patina on the outside, leaving it just a darkened silver. The inside color was intact until I decided to scratch at it so it was just flecks of color. It was really fun to watch it come together as far as experimenting with different techniques when it comes to a piece's finish. I definitely want to pursue this in the future... hopefully.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2005 09:38:25 PM »

That's pretty sweet!
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2005 10:00:22 PM »

That's looks pretty cool. It almost reminds me of an oyster with a pearl inside from the angle of the first picture for some reason. Is it very heavy?

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2005 05:43:26 AM »

What's watercasting? I've done cuttlefish bone and lost-wax casting, but I hate hate hate casting so I never ever do it.

Liver of Sulpher is the stuff you use to color it Smiley Unfortunately it wears off after a time. The insides of your ring will probably stay black, but the outsides will end up shiney.

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2005 08:09:25 AM »

quack- It's really not very heavy at all. Perhaps a smidgen more so than any typical ring. Enough weight to remind you of it's presence. I definitely felt like the negative space was like an oyster-which was interesting since when I saw similar rings I thought they looked like little fungal spores.

I Eat Art- Watercasting is so incredibly simple! And just a blast since you have no idea what you will end up with. You just melt the silver (or any metal I would imagine) in the crucible. You keep the torch on it as you just sort of swing around to a strategically placed bucket of cold water. The dropping of the silver has to be a pretty deft motion, but you can tweak the height from which you drop it/how much silver. You get some really incredible results. I am still trying to figure out what to do with all the other watercastings... Isn't there some way to preserve the finish? Oh well, daggumit. I will definitely investigate your portfolio.
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2005 09:08:32 AM »

Cute!!!!!!! I am envious of metalsmithign and am crookin to try
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2005 07:54:03 AM »

Ooh, thats really pretty
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2005 07:26:34 PM »

How would you melt the metal?  Would a torch work?

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