Thursday, May 30, 2013

Designing Jewelry with Components

Piles of cast components are rather exciting in and of themselves.

cast leaf components, 3 sizes

Suddenly the entire idea of breaking designs into components seems so obvious. Why didn't I do this before? Not only did I mold leaves in three sizes, but I cast my simple rock rose in three sizes as well.

cast rock rose components, 3 sizes

To work with the drawings I made before, I must combine these components in various ways. 

leaf design #9

For many of the designs I need "stems," so I formed two different lengths in sterling clay, fired, finished, and molded those as well, again allowing for extra shrinkage. 

long and short stem models, after molding

Once I have quantities of these components to work with, the fun begins. I dump them out on my work surface and start experimenting with different arrangements.

experimenting with designs from components
When I find something I like, the components are permanently combined. Because all the components were cast in Argentium sterling, I simply lay them out as desired, with good overlap, and fuse them together.

first fused design from cast Argentium components