Quirky little heart made by fusing silver wire to a precut brass heart shape. I've recently started experimenting with heating various metals to see what happens. I'm very pleased with how well silver wire fuses to both brass and copper. The effect on this pendant is created by laying a piece of silver wire, which was coiled into a spiral and then trailed downwards, onto the brass shape and then heating it until the silver wire begins to melt, this fuses the silver wire onto the surface of the brass. Obviously heating metal to this extent turns it pretty much black, after cleaning the brass appears to have turned to copper,(I don't know why!) So after polishing the silver I heat the shape again from the back, which produces lovely rainbow colours, along with the original brass colour. This part is tricky as too much heat means the piece needs cleaning again and the process has to start over.
The heart hangs from a very thin leather thong in olive green, fastened by a brass bolt ring held in place with hand made spirals of copper wire.
The leather thong is approximately 45cm long and the heart measures 4cm at it's longest dimension.
Playing with various metals and metal wires, I wanted to see if I could fuse two metals together without solder. After a few experiments I bought some precut brass and copper shapes and fused silver wire onto them, this is my first finished piece. There's a link within these pieces to the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi, notions of impermanence and beauty in imperfection .
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