Some while ago I bought some dyed silk cocoons just because I fell madly in love with the colour.
It occurred to me a couple of months ago that they would be wonderful combined with something in the brass line to become jewellery of some sort. Perhaps with the hole fitted with a cap of domed brass…? I scribbled some preliminary ideas but didn’t actually get round to doing anything until last week, when I had some time to spare waiting for something to finish steeping in the pickle.
I was introduced to a doming block and doming punches and after cutting myself a piece of brass, rather tentatively began. Wow! It was a lot easier than I’d thought it was going to be, and I quickly produced this cute little cap.
I then hammered it all over the convex side to give it a lovely finish… and found it was fractionally too small for the cocoons!
But it’s lovely, I’m sure I can find something to do with it and now I know how to dome the metal, I’ll be cutting out some slightly bigger circles during the week to have a blitz on making them on Wednesday!
I also used my favourite lace to do a bit more impressing with the rollers. On gilding metal:
I love this pattern, especially the bright shiny areas where the larger holes were in the lace. It’s like bark or snakeskin, really organic.
same lace on brass – this has been tumble-polished.
And on silver, for something very special. 🙂
More of that later…