Sunday, March 18, 2012
The Power of Money
OH MY GOD. THE COINS.
I leapt up, the Metal Muse on my tail. I was driven now.
I furiously dug in the drawer for the bag of coins, hauled them out and dumped them on the living room floor (where I do my hammering, hunched over like a Balinesian basket maker.) I pawed hungrily through them, looking for patterns, lettering, borders...
I annealed my copper pieces in the torch (until they glowed orange), quenched, pickled and cleaned them.
I took the first one, and positioned it atop a coin:
I did a bunch more with the more artistic looking coins:
I like how the copper shapes look almost like relics--like those misshapen coins you see brought up from sunken ships.
These will be destined for clasps, focals, connectors, and maybe even a little pair of earrings. I might attempt a little patina embellishment on them.
Stay tuned for the finished products!