Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Flower 2.



So then I made all the sections hinged,

I want it to fold apart.



Here they all cleaned up.



Then I started cladding the bottom of each section with copper sheet.



This was my first idea.

I kept the opening part.



Gauge,  I had to make a bunch of 2mm screws.

I made them long, so I can screw things down on the outside of the flower.



Like this.

They had to have itsy bitsi heads and the screw slot was a 3/0 saw blade thickness, so I ground a dedicated screw driver for them.

I make a lot of different screws in a project like this.



When I finished the cladding I made it fold into a flower shape.

It looks simple, but trust me Gauge, it took me two days to get it to fold and lock into place comfy style.



This is when it’s unfolded.



Made the bottom fixture to attach it to the back ground as well.



Then I made the bottom petals.


So this is what the flower looks like closed. It is still going to get decorations added onto the outside.

This time I am welding the frame together.

Nest is slightly bigger that Birth.




And this is what it looks like open.

All the petals are going to get finished off.

I’m thinking of making 5 miniature oil paintings on the inside petals that depict five different birds in flight.

Anyway the next is the branches and support for the actual nest.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Making the Azure Tool.


OK, so this is actually a post for my Ganoksin Blog.

Problem is Orchid uses that Word press format and I HATE word press.

So I first have to post here, then copy and paste into Word press, then it works.



Firstly, thanks to Marko for giving us a heads-up for the Azure tool.

It goes without say that everyone who is an active member of Orchid is by default a tool junkie.

I am no different, and when I saw the tool displayed in the video here, I literally stopped everything and made myself one.



I used 5mm square steel that one buys at the hardware store.

In fact everything for this tool is easily available at the store.


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I drill two holes and tap one side and the other side I drill 3.5mm holes, so they slide .


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I cut some wood from those paint mixing sticks one can buy.

I just used some temporary screws until the glue was hard.

Of course, leather strips are also an option.

I use wood like this on my engraving ball as well and then when it is time to replace I clean it off and put new pieces on.



Then I used some 3 mm threaded bar and locked it into position at the bottom with some nuts.

I ground them flat on the sides.

Initially I turned some threaded tubing, but I didn’t really like it.


So I changed them to 3mm wing nuts.

I had some brass ones, but of course steel ones will work just as well.

And then once I had this cool tool finished, it actually dawned on me that it is a tool for holding a piece so that one can pierce azure easily.

It is not a universal clamp for setting of fabricating.

There are far better methods of clamping available.

But never mind, it is still a great addition for the odd occasion that I need to azure the underside of  apiece.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Flower.


I need a stylistic flower for my bird.



So I drew out a couple of petal forms and eventually I tried this shape.

A domed petal bottom thingy and  I thought about eight petals that I wanted to make an opaque sort of plique a jour.

I want the flower to be able to open and then inside is a piece of jewellery.

Anyway, it turned out looking like a dogs breakfast so I scrapped that road.



Instead of the brass bottom, I cut out six more of my petal shapes.

So I figured that maybe I can sort of make them open like one of those slo mo national geographic movies on flowers.



A trick I use when I saw from a printed design on paper.

I glue the paper down with contact adhesive and then when it’s dry I cover it with oil.

Then I wipe it dry.

The paper absorbs the oil and then it lubricates the blade permanently.

Makes a blade last until it’s blunt.




I wasn’t really happy.

It was to much Tulip-ish, and besides which, I didn't want to go the “ this looks like a flower” route.


So, against my better judgment,  I chose some colours for plique-a-jour .



Even there I though it looked kak.

Too cutsie and to costume jeweller-ish



I did three different colours and then I decided to scrap all of it and start again.

Don’t worry about the holes in the enamel, I simply fired it only once and then got gatvol.



First I made a paper model

I always make a paper model first because cutting paper is much easier than cutting metal.

Trust me, even I have worked this one out.

I make a brass frame work .



Like this.




So now it looks like this.

I like it so far.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Koln Art Show and Azure Tool.


Last week we climbed into Arnold, my Renault jalopy and took ourselves down to the Koln Art show of 2014.

Considering that we have been to Maastricht a couple of times, and knowing that German art in general resembles something a team of meth addled gorillas made in a scrap metal yard, I wasn’t expecting much.

I wasn’t disappointed.


These are old paint tubes stuck on a board.



A roll of canvas with paint squashed in between.



The twat that made this forgot the top left hand corner and no one noticed.



This stand had three pictures in various shades of white.

The sales man was not overworked.



They actually framed these and put them behind glass.



This, if anything, was original.

A dead Chaffinch and some dandelion fluffs all glued onto fishing lines.



These were animal skins that expanded and contracted like balloons.

It was powered by a compressor.

Seriously creepy.



This was the one piece I really enjoyed.

It i s made of one piece of stainless steel, perfectly balanced and a snip at 25,000 EU.



And then there is this.

One piece of flat brass and two pieces of brass wire.

Yours for the low, low price of -----  115,000 EU.

I kid you not.

And being German, the sales people actively hate you, but hey, that’s standard for Germany in general.

I was generous, so I gave the show a one out of ten rating.


The other day on Ganoksin a poster gave a link to a van Cleef and Arples video that had a cool little tool used for holding a small piece so that azure can be cut easier.

Here is the link.


So I decided to make one.

There and then.


Two pieces of 5mm square iron rod.


Then two pieces of wood glued on the inside.



There you go Sprite!

Now you can hold small pieces of gold without a pair of pliers making dings in your work.

And the wood can be filed to shape, and if you want, leather can also be substituted.

Why didn’t I think of this long ago?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Making Nest’s Catch


I had to make a catch for the nest part of nest.


So I scrounged a piece of old metal stock I had.

I first drew it out a couple of times on paper and then I glued the paper down and cut the rough shape out.



Actually, before I started on the shape I first made the bottom part of the hinge and I soldered it to the top of the box.

This then actually gives the start point for the catch.



Then I filed the basic shape out.

I had to file the neck down thin enough so that there would be an amount of ‘spring’ in it for the catch to work.

Then I was going to set two stones into each side for the eyes.

After I had drilled the holes and put the first stone in for setting

  ‘Uh Oh’ --- this metal will definitely not set.

It was totally brittle.

Using a piece of  “mystery metal” from your junk box is as dangerous as ordering a Russian bride from a Sears catalogue—you might get Putin’s sister.


No problem though.

I was certainly not going to throw a mornings of work away.

So I made a ball of silver and press fitted it into the already drilled hole and soldered it in on both sides of the head.



And then I set an emerald into either side.



Ol’ Woody Woodpecker being adjusted to hole the lid closed.



The catch works well.



Looks like a stylistic woodpecker too.