Hearts Within Hearts
by Jim Osment.
I guess the idea I started with here was to make something a bit more organic looking, obscuring the machine made appearance of the sheet metal by pummeling every surface.
This first heart pendant (riveted) was made by cutting a heart out of a scrap of brass sheet and hammering it quite hard all over. I used a variety of hammers but mostly my favorite vintage copper faced hammer with Rawhide on the other side.
That old hammer has a fabulous patina all over it from many years of hammering, and is excellent for transferring some of it’s character to the pieces I make.
Next I cut out a bit of copper, annealed it to make it nice and soft and then riveted it onto the back.
I used a homemade mini ball pein hammer to hammer the soft copper from behind to push it through the heart shaped hole in the brass, occasionally turning it over an tapping the edges of the brass back flat again.
Pretty easy if you’re happy hammering, like I am.
The second heart pendant is made starting with the scrap of brass cut out of the first one. I just cut a smaller heart shaped hole in the middle, annealed it and hammered it quite hard all over. I made a textured piece of copper by giving it a good hard even hammering all over with my copper faced hammer.
I used silver soldering wire to solder the heart onto the copper and then cut the outside shape of the copper with tin snips. I did a fair bit of hammering (as usual)from behind to kind of push the copper forwards to give a fairly level front surface.
I used some liver of sulphur to give some definition to the patterns and provide some contrast. I like them both but I think the riveted and puffed one is my favorite.
Both are wonderful
I like both pieces and would have a hard time selecting which is my favorite.
They’re both very beautiful and as Leigh said, it’s impossible to choose between them!
They stole my heart…. 🙂
The two are both beautiful and made me think of my own studio. We recently sold our construction business and now have an empty building which we plan to set up as my studio for silversmithing, rock tumbling, hammered pieces and other types of work which can’t be performed in my studio inside my house. You have shown examples of the fact that the possibilities working with copper and brass are endless. We even have literally hundreds of pounds of scrap brass and copper I can use to create and these photos made me think of many wonderful ideas.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful jewelry. I love the fact that you cherish your vintage hammer. It makes your pieces have even more meaning.
Rustic and beautiful
by: Michelle B.
These are right up my alley – I’d wear them all the time!! I love how they are rustic yet striking and beautiful!! So creative!
Thanks so much for sharing about these pieces and the processes.
Especially interested your hammer. I’ve never seen anything like it and can imagine it’s effect on the metals. Beautiful work.
by: Jim Osment
Hello all, thank you for your lovely comments (so far), I love to hear what people think of my stuff.
Lynda,I wrote a bit more about my hammer on my blogspot blog which can be found via my website from the “Hammered Hearts” link above.
Jennifer, I’m a little envious of your new studio space and brass & copper scrap. You’re right about all the possibilities, etching, enameling, casting, forging, metal beads, electroplating, steampunk, wire work etc etc. So many ideas, so little time!
Love your work.
Your metal work is fabulous.
giving me ideas
I can’t solder, but I can rivet with the best of ’em… this has given me some interesting ideas!