Technical Vault Vol. 1

Happy belated new year, friends, acquaintances and mortal enemies!  Working on some new designs got Murial and I looking through all the great notes from bygone classes. Memorably took a fantastic Hinges and mechanisms class with master goldsmith, Charles Lewton-Brain, the inventor of fold-forming and founder of the Ganoksin Project, that indispensable forum for all metal smiths.

I have just been thumbing through his fabulous Foldforming book, an exercise nearly as motivational as taking the course at Revere.

Fantastic book by Charles Lewton-brain.

Fantastic book by Charles Lewton-brain.

Sample piece made by Charles Lewton-Brain

Sample piece made by Charles Lewton-Brain

Lewton-Brain is very generous with his knowledge and his books are a treat.  I took tons and tons of notes and also did a lot of funny little portraits of Lewton-Brain in the margin of the notebook.

Class notes/ sketches.

Class notes and a sketch of Charles Lewton-Brain.

He gave us copies of his slide presentation and I filled up my moleskin book with notes and doodles of my own.  Flipping through those notes brimming with technical advice on tools and how to make a variety of mechanisms and sculptural shapes is incredibly helpful when thinking about new designs.

Following are some pieces I made over the past 5 years that involved fold-forming or similar sculptural techniques on silver and copper.

Silver Fiddlehead Ring by Peggy Skemp

Silver Leaf Ring

 

Sculptural silver ring by Peggy Skemp

Sculptural silver ring by Peggy Skemp

Black silver leaf necklace

Black Silver Leaf Necklace

Silver Leaf necklace with oxidized chain by Peggy Skemp 2013.

Silver Leaf necklace with oxidized chain by Peggy Skemp 2013.

 

Enameled Copper and silver pea necklace by Peggy Skemp

Enameled Copper and silver pea necklace by Peggy Skemp

Pea Pod Necklace detail by Peggy Skemp