Who knew? Brass is more malleable than silver.

December 8, 2009

I have always been under the impression that silver was more meleable and ductile than brass. This seems to be the common wisdom. In fact, when people have asked me about it, they usually say something like “isn’t brass a lot harder to work than silver?”, and my reply is something like “Well, yes, but […]

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Five-way Frog Bowl, hammer-formed silver and brass

November 22, 2009

This is a piece I made to enter in the Saul Bell Design Awards competition. One of my few forays into silver, very expensive for me, but I thought it might be worth the expense. Unfortunately it did not make the cut; I guess it’s too traditional-looking, and not really innovative in any way, which […]

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Lizard Wall Sculpture, hammer-formed brass

November 16, 2009

I guess this is repousse, although I do it a little differently than the norm. I don’t use pitch, because I hate the mess, and I prefer to be able to work from both sides, switching back and forth readily. The first four pictures show the beginning stages, with just wood for backup. The material […]

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Making a Lily Cross, hammer-formed brass

November 9, 2009

I posted pics of one of these before, here,  but this time (this one is #5), I took pictures while I made it so I can show how it was made. The first five pictures show (1) The three blanks, cut out and annealed, (2) pushing the metal into a groove to start the tube […]

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Flying Bird Ornament in the making

November 1, 2009

I first thought about making a bird in flight using my one-piece technique as with my previous birds, quite a long time ago, but was hung up on having the seam lengthwise as before, and came to a dead end for how to do it. I had pretty much given up on the idea until […]

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Fish out of Water, hammer-formed brass sculpture

October 26, 2009

It’s been about two years since my first try, and I’ve tried several times since then to make an interesting fish shape using the same method I use for my birds. The biggest problem was that I wanted the fish to be curved, to make it more dynamic and interesting, and that turned out to […]

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Man in the Moon, hammer-formed brass sculpture

October 14, 2009

I haven’t posted here in quite a while. I’ve been working on a lot of experiments that have mostly ended up enlarging my collection of scrap. This moon face is an idea I’ve had in my head for a couple years, and I finally got around to making it. I think it turned out pretty […]

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Tiny Hammer-Formed Brass Bird Ornament

September 8, 2009

I started an Etsy shop about a week ago, and put up all my usual pieces, which are way too expensive for the typical Etsy shopper. I did it on the sage advice of someone who is very successful at internet marketing, the idea being that it is very inexpensive advertising. After thinking about it […]

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hammer-formed brass bird sculpture: how it was made

August 18, 2009

The first one of this design was made a few years ago, but I just made another one, and it gave me the opportunity to record in pictures how it was made. In the first six pictures, we have the piece of flat brass sheet, then the initial forming, using stakes and sandbag. In the […]

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Newly Remodelled Website: Need some Feedback

July 29, 2009

I’ve been away for about three weeks, spending all my spare moments redoing some of my website. I would appreciate it if you could take a look at my new gallery page, and try the mouseover on the thumbnails, and the links from the thumbnails, and the Availibility page. If you find any problems, glitches, […]

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