by Jim Osment.
I love copper and brass mixed metal jewellery and some of the steampunk jewellery as well. Much of what is called steampunk is also truly hideous!
I like to make things from raw materials to create something truly unique.I also enjoy recycling old clock and watch parts and other bits of machinery and hardware.
This is my Mechanical heart pendant.
I started with a flat piece of brass and hammered out a quite large and deeply dished heart,leaving a distinct “hand hammered” texture. Next I cut a big ragged hole in it with my little jewelers saw. All the little cogs and bits inside are either silver soldered or riveted on to a bit of copper which in turn was soldered into the back of the heart. I hate the little jump ring things which always seem so insecure,so I cut a little strip of brass to make a solid bail and riveted it on. No glue no paint no varnish, just the way I like it! It has been buffed up a bit using calico and sisal buffing wheels, but much of it is still oxidized from the red heat required for silver soldering.
It is wonderful how you used the recycled parts into the piece. Thanks for sharing this.
I love hearts and this is a piece I would use for sure. Beautiful.
I was delighted with your heart. It’s different and very cool.
by: Line from Play Sculpt Live
I love your piece. Steampunky without the edge. Very nice.
Thank you all for the lovely comments, so nice to know I’m not the only one who like them!
I hope you all follow the link to my shop and have a look around, heaps more cool stuff there.
I love this piece with the use of watch parts. I only know how to glue. I guess my next step is learning to rivet.
That’s really cool. I like that. Ive just recently started cutting things from Copper sheeting, and starting to learn how to rivet. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Linda,glad you like it and trying some stuff yourself.A few things to remember for riveting, the hole must be a perfect fit for your rivets,the rivets should be trimmed so not too long and then just use lots of gentle tapping and no hard hitting.
I’m happy, I just sold this Mechanical heart and a riveted heart yesterday!
Thanks for the tips on rivets. And congratulations on selling your beautiful heart.