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Map of My Heart Copper and Silver Pendant

Map of  My Heart Copper and Silver Pendant
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Heart shaped copper pendant with pure silver fused to the surface. This one is interesting because the silver I used on it is a failed silver clay piece which broke after firing, it was too thin and probably didn't fire quite long enough. As a texture for one of my fused pieces it's great..
The copper heart is a bought in copper shape, they're so cheap it would be mad to spend the time cutting them myself.
I lay the silver on the copper and play a blow torch over until I see the silver start to run, hopefully this means that the silver has fused to the copper, sometimes it hasn't.

The heart shape is approximately 3.5cm x 2.5cm at it's largest dimensions. Because I've curved the shape in a doming block the dimensions are hard to measure accurately.
The piece is re heated after cleaning to achieve attractive colours on the bits of copper still visible and then polished by hand with an agate burnisher.
The pendant hangs from a copper jump ring on a narrow, natural leather cord, the cord is fastened with two sliding knots to make it adjustable in length, from approximately 60cms to as short as you want it. I recommend not getting the knots touching each other, it's very hard to slide them apart if they get this close.


These pieces are the result of my curiosity about materials and how they behave. I had read about fusing silver to itself to create shapes and I have made fastenings this way and a few small pieces, wrapping wire around itself and melting it, I wondered, since it seems to work with copper wire too, if silver would fuse onto copper. Yes it does. I was very pleased to find that I could use failed silver clay experiments with this technique too, I had tried to make silver copies of some very delicate shells from my local beach, they were too thin and broke when I tried to work with them, the silver on this piece is one of those shell pieces.

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