Saturday, November 21, 2015

What's on My Bench??

This week's episode is from JET member Denise Woodhouse of LoveStoneArts. She is going to teach us how she transfers a pattern to silver sheet.

Because Craig (my husband) and I usually work independently, we come up with our own techniques to get from point “A,” a design concept, to point “B,” a finished piece of jewelry.  Craig has an image in his mind and makes it appear by magic with torch and hammer.  I make patterns.

Sometimes a piece begins as a freehand sketch in my journal but just as often I take inspiration from a line drawing or tattoo rendering of an animal or a flower.  These simplified images seem to translate well to jewelry design.  The pattern template can be reused to make the design in a variety of colors or I can easily make small variations.   

Here is a method I use to create and transfer a symmetrical pattern.  First, layout the stones and bezels  then trace around them.  Plastic drafting templates will help you to draw a neat curve or a square corner for your design outline.  When you’re happy with the rough sketch, double check the fit of the stones and then trace the design onto a piece of vellum.  By folding the vellum in half along the mid-line, you can clean up any sections that are out of balance. OK, right matches left so you’re ready to cut out the paper pattern and secure it with double faced tape to a piece of 28 gauge fine silver sheet.  



 Saw all around the lines and cut the pierced parts, then do it again with a second sheet of fine silver.  Here’s why; using a light gauge of silver for the base of the piece allows you to add lots of fine detail.  A heavier gauge requires so much flame to get it up to a good soldering temperature that each of the six or so steps repeats the risk of your work melting away.  It is distressing to see several days’ worth of work melt away!  To give the pendant a nice heft, fuse your second copy cut out of 24 gauge silver to form the back of the piece after you’ve completed all the bezel and embellishment work on the face. I stamp a hallmark and a design onto the reverse piece before the final fusing.



Some of the pieces made from patterns are pictured below:


Well done Denise! Remember, if you want to learn more about Denise, or want to get a closer look at some of these pieces, visit her shop, LoveStoneArts.

Until next week!

15 comments :

Jean Sandell said...

Awesome!!!

Your Daily Jewels - Norah Downey said...

Fantastic look into one of your many, many techniques! Thank you so much for sharing, Denise. Everything you make is so beautifully crafted to last forever.

Mollie Ann said...

Denise, what a delight to watch your ideas come to life - from idea to beautiful jewelry! Thank you for this wonderful peek behind the scenes!

Urban Pearl Studio said...

Denise - I would love to spend a day in your studio!! You have an engineer mind and perfection with every step in creating your beautiful jewelry

SendingLoveGallery said...

What a great idea to use vellum! and such lovely designs, I love your work.

Cher said...

Fascinating process, Denise! Love seeing how one of my favorite pieces of yours was created... it's a work of art, thanks for sharing :)

SatinDollCo said...

Now that is cool.It's like pattern making for jewelry.

Brooke said...

Thanks for sharing! I do something very similar with tracing paper and like the double stick tape much better than rubber cement or Elmer's which don't stay put. Love your intricate pieces!

Beadsme said...

Wonderful.

jemsbyjb said...

You are such a talented lady.

Tracy said...

This is great!

LoveStoneArts said...

Thank you all so much for your kind comments. I've learned so much from the tips and tricks that you post. Please continue to share!!

Donna Arena said...

WoW Denise!!! Your work has always fascinated me, and now we see the genius behind it. Keep bringing your brilliant designs to life and Thanks for letting us get a peek!!!

Gemstones on My Mind said...

Denise! I love your jewelry, each and every piece is beautiful. You're such an inspiring artist!

Gloria Flynn - EarthEnergyGemstones said...

I, too, would love to spend a day in your studio! You are such a fabulous artist and everything you make is so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing some of your techniques!