Sunday, February 09, 2014

From Blank to Beautiful

"Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it." -  Alan Perlis 

One of the reasons that I love working with metal, is the amazing changes you can make with just a few simple tools. I created these earrings using what are called metal "blanks" as a base. Blanks come in a variety of types of metal. You can buy them cut many ways, from basic shapes to more intricate patterns. Here I'm using simple sterling silver circles.

Circular silver blank. Not very exciting!

I use a special hammer to add texture and put a hole in the top and bottom.

Then use a different hammer with a dapping block to
curve the blank into a domed shape.

After that, I use a polish pad to achieve a soft brushed finish and
highlight the texture.

I wirewrap a faceted smoky quartz rondelle directly onto the 
textured blank then add a earwire.

Original plain blank next to a finished earring.

Completed pair!

 Here's the same design with amethyst stones. I've used a 
larger blank to create a pendant too.

The beauty of creating with metal. No limit but your imagination!