The Street project is having to move fast. I made a brooch back from square wire - at first I made two pieces from 1.5 wire, but then decided it was a bit flimsy to hold the pieces. I made another shape in 2mm wire, and this seemed much more what I wanted.
Decided on a fairly complex shape with a lot of angles.. however, using a mitre jig makes this a lot easier to manage.
Here he is - we call him Magic Mike. And he is!
I was soon into my favourite part - arranging the pieces together.
I kept seeing more objects that could be developed into more elements for the project, but already felt I had too many!
At the point when I thought I had my design fairly fixed I started moving on to adding pieces to hold the enamel. I decided to solder a piece of sheet silver to the wire as a platform for my prongs to sit on. I had made the holes quite small in the enamel piece, so only 0.7mm wire would go through.
In my first attempt at soldering the sheet silver to the wire, I melted two of the solder joins in the wire - knocking the angle out and making the sheet the wrong shape. Another join had gone out of true on the other side. I had to heat this again and push the wires flat on a fireproof block.
I had been trying to solder it this way up (above).
My solution was to cut another sheet, and solder it the other side up, with honeycomb blocks supporting the wire. I painted all of the solder joins with rouge to prevent them from melting. It worked!