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#1 ShawnM

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 04:30 PM

Well, this is my first foray into the jewelry world!

I made this copper bracelet using fold-forming techniques. It started life as a strip of copper, which I folded into an "M" form (folded in half the long way, then each side folded back to form an M in cross-section). I then forged it on the side where the first (center) fold was. That causes it to take on a curve. Unfolding it makes it curve more [Peace} I added some curls on the edge.

Patina is traditional mahogany applied hot to get some variation in color. I wasn't sure what to use for finish so put a coat of wax on it for now.

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 04:43 PM

Looking very good! Glad to see things unfold so beautifully for you. Brad

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 04:53 PM

The look and color give it the effect of a folded up autumn leave. Very nice, a great first piece!
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 04:57 PM

Great job on the bracelet Shawn! I gotta try that fold forming one of these days.
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 05:30 PM

Charles Lewton-Brain is a member here, but as most of our famous in their field members they are to busy making a living to be a regular part of the forum.
But the next best thing is web site with 700 plus pages of info.
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 06:07 PM

Top Shelf fold formed piece........really like it. I vote for the sterling version....... [Peace}
Can't wait to see what you do next.
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Posted 11 October 2009 - 07:32 PM

Nice job Shawn! [Peace}[Peace}

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 04:06 AM

That's beautiful Shawn. The foldforming is pretty addictive. I haven't tried it with copper yet, but plan to.
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 05:49 AM

That M fold would also look cool in Nb, Michael. You could really have some fun coloring the folds and ripples. I like it so much I'm gonna do a large scaled one(or two) with the power hammer.
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 07:52 AM

Great job, Shawn. There probably isn't a day that goes by that I don't look at Lewton-Brain's new book and marvel at the magic of fold forming. The patina looks really nice also. Now just watch out for the Green armband!!!!!

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 08:04 AM

Now just watch out for the Green armband!!!!!


Yeh, I'm wondering if I should clear coat it.
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 08:23 AM

Yes you should clear coat it. Brad

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 09:00 AM

I agree........it'll need clear coating. Because of the nature of a bracelet.. the clear coat may need to be reapplied from time to time, due to normal day to day abrasion with your wrist. I really like the "Protect a Clear" from Everbrite. It's scratch and abrasion resistant, FWIW. Will not chip, crack, peel or yellow. [Punk]
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 10:52 AM

YOU GO GIRL[Punk]...what a pandora's box of talent. I agree with Bill, the starling version should be a top seller among women with good taste
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 11:11 AM

YOU GO GIRL[Punk]...what a pandora's box of talent. I agree with Bill, the starling version should be a top seller among women with good taste


yup......and the sterling version would sell in the $500+ price range,IMO....nudge nudge wink wink
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 12:37 PM

that same FF would make a wicked kewl Helix shape if "broken out of plane". Might have to do that with a larger version. Your inspirational, Shawn.
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 03:25 PM

Shawn, I loved your first Jewelry piece!

Can't wait to see your next works!

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 07:36 AM

[Beer] Wow...Great job Shawn!

You can get a sample bottle of Everbrite ProtectaClear in satin (4oz) for $15 that would look beautiful and cover hundreds of braclets. Its a great moisture barrier and should keep ya from turning green. [Beer]

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Posted 14 October 2009 - 08:08 AM

[Beer] Wow...Great job Shawn!

You can get a sample bottle of Everbrite ProtectaClear in satin (4oz) for $15 that would look beautiful and cover hundreds of braclets. Its a great moisture barrier and should keep ya from turning green. [Beer]


Can you apply Protectaclear over a patina? Their website talks about using their prep product to remove oxidation, etc.
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Posted 14 October 2009 - 02:31 PM

Can you apply Protectaclear over a patina? Their website talks about using their prep product to remove oxidation, etc.


Oh I hope so![Beer] I've got 20' of bar top under eight coats. I did clean it well with Xylene though.




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