During the Covid shutdown I have been using this time for designing, bench work that I could never get to, learning new skills and more.
The photos below show the progress of a newish technique I like, it’s called Foldforming which was developed by a metalsmith professor named Charles Lewton-Brain. This necklace uses foldforming to hand form and create the leaves and then the pearls are wire wrapped to hold everything together and finished off with our handmade S hook. It is fun and rewarding to create something from the concept to the final finished piece!
The necklace first started out with a sketch of what I envisioned drawn on black paper.
From the top left to right:
1 – The rough foldformed leaves.
2 – The leaves filed smooth.
3 – The leaves now have soldered rings at the ends and the clasp was made.
4 – Now I selected the pearls.
5 – I had to drill out the holes on the pearls to allow the silver wire to go through and I started to wire wrap the ends
6 – This shows the finished necklace!