Not done any blogging for ages, what with Beardy being unwell, and all. I’ve kind of got out of the habit. He’s a lot better now, although there’s still a way to go before anything is back to normal. Whatever that is! Not sure we’d recognise it though…
With Valentine’s day now being rammed down our throats by every shop in the land, I thought I’d make my contribution.
I had enormous fun making this heart! I blasted some silver with the blow torch on a firebrick and when it was all melty, I teased it into a heart shape and quenched it. By repeatedly heating it to just under the melting point and cooling, you achieve this fabulous textured effect called reticulation. I’ve been trying it with copper as well. When I had a shape I was happy with, I carved away the sharp edges and soldered a loop onto the back for the silk cord. The engraving (below) was done with my lovely new Dremel kit – my Christmas present from Beardy and my mum. Cariad is the Welsh word for love, so it seemed like a good place to write it. My son wants it for his girlfriend’s Valentine’s present. But as they are eight, I politely suggested that he gets stuffed and made him a pretty little copper ring with a heart on it instead.
Stop press: The pendant is now sold, but if you’d like something similar, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you just as soon as I can. 🙂