Some images are so appealing you can’t stop working with them. This is what happened to Heide Mearns when she was looking at a flower design for her next project.
Heide had a photo of a little blue flower on her iPad Mini she wanted to use for a bracelet focal piece.
We had a look at iDraw a great iPad app for precise drawing, I gave her a little bit of guidance on how to use the app and off she went!
This drawing was traced and pasted to thin paper, then glued to the sheet silver ready for cutting out.
Cutting, filing sanding and soldering the pieces together, adding a couple of silver straps on the back, so it could be easily attached to different leather bands and that was one piece finished!
Heide decided to use the same drawing for the next project, large scale filigree made from flattened 1.5 mm wire.
For this project the wire is passed through the rolling mill until it is to the thickness required, then shaped and filed to fit nicely.
Cleaning up after soldering: pickling – filing and sanding and finally tumbled to polish.
It was a fun journey, for Heide of course, but also for me, observing the progress, this was a nice example of where one simple line drawing could go. Nice work Heide!