A Start and a FinishLate summer is always a busy time around here. As if the vegetable garden – with those fast-growing zucchinis – wasn't enough to keep me busy, summer in this family means a crowded calendar. Between June 15 and September 10, we celebrate five birthdays and a couple of wedding anniversaries.
Any creative work has to fit in amidst gift buying, gift wrapping, vegetable garden weeding and harvesting. Oh, the house demands a bit of vacuuming and dusting, too!
What follows was spread over most of August!
Design Phase – New Inspirations
As you can see, I began with some rough sketches inspired by actual celtic designs.
The round (well, almost round) one was inspired by the Kildalton Cross on the island of Islay. I took several photos but some of these show it better! <https://www.google.ca/search?q=kildalton+cross+islay&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=-Rr9U8PeG6mwigL054HoCg&ved=0CDkQsAQ&biw=1341&bih=835>
I decided to start by working up the shield (lower right corner sketch) in copper. The backplate will be copper and there will be a silver bar down the center. If I like the effect, I will also make a reticulated and polished silver version later.
Start with Sketch & Pattern
I keep this little notebook handy and, when I decide to put a sketched design "into production" (how pretentious!), I make a quick reference sketch of it here. It lets me keep notes of materials, weights, etc. so, if I want or need to make something the same or similar, I can find all the information.
Finishing Up with Polishing and PhotographyWhile the glue on that paper pattern was drying, I finished polishing a silver brooch I started weeks ago.
The stone is an 8 mm, smoky-brown quartz cabochon. I forged the pin from a piece of heavy-gauge square sterling silver wire (at this size, it doesn't look much like wire, does it?) I designed it to be worn with the stone at the bottom (the pin catch is hidden behind it) but it could be worn in a horizontal position, as well.
I think this would look great on a grey or brown coat or jacket lapel for fall and winter. It's a bit too chunky for summer fashions.
The final step for this one: photograph it for my etsy shop listing.