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    I have been making pendants for a while now, firstly in steel then in copper and now in bronze. (see http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=25931 )I thought (hoped) I could cold forge the Bronze like copper but it work hardens very quickly and then splits under the hammer.

    Its an odd material to work with as you have to forge it hot but if you get it to cherry red or hotter it just turns into mush with out warning. When its hot its very soft but then in two seconds its rock hard again, steel and copper on the other hand tend to harden slowly as they cool.

    I had a play and made these today for pendants or key chains.







    Thanks for looking
    Mozzy

    My (new) blog
    http://metalfarquhar.blogspot.com/

  • #2
    Definitely worth the hard work - all the shapes are brilliant and the bronze looks great.
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    • #3
      ooooh

      these are gorgeous, really love them - always feel like just a 'joiner together' against artists like you guys that make stuf from scratch!
      thanks

      Cath

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      • #4
        You've been busy! I really like the fluidity of them. How big are they?
        Best wishes
        Carole

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Vivalabeader View Post
          these are gorgeous, really love them - always feel like just a 'joiner together' against artists like you guys that make stuf from scratch!
          I'm out of rep-points for today, but I totally agree with this!
          "I was inoculated, very early in life, against all forms of magic and elfin whimsy, even when convincingly disguised as literature." Clive James
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Glitterbug View Post
            How big are they?
            25-35mm in height.
            Mozzy

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            • #7
              Your hard work has most definatly paid off Mozzy

              they are stunning work

              I know my sons would definatly wear these on a leather thong
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              • #8
                How its done

                Ok how I did these is a follows. I got some3.5mm diameter silicone bronze brazing rods. You can get other types of bronze but this is supposed to be the best for forgeing and it has no nickle in it. I tried at first running it through the rolling mill but it was a real pain as its so hard. I then decided to hammer it cold on an anvil. It worked for a while but as I was squaring it off it sheared and split in the middle due to work hardening I think.

                So i fired the forge up low and heated it up to dark cherry red and then its very easy to forge. You could easily do this with just a torch and a fire brick as its only small, thin stuff. I squared a section about 10 long and drew the ends out to make them thinner. The using a pair of old chain nose pliers you just use them to bend the hot metal into shape just like you would with round nose pliers when making loops for wire jewelery. (don't use round nose for hot work, they get hot as they are so thin and get ruined very fast)

                When finished I lay them flat on the anvil and flattened them and dropped them in cold water to scold any scale off. Into the pickle and time for a cuppa then out and wash with washing up liquid and a scotch bright dish washing sponge and Bob's your uncle
                Last edited by Lord farquhar; 30-04-2009, 05:12 PM.
                Mozzy

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                • #9
                  they are really lovely with lots of uses
                  you make it sound soo easy but i`m sure its not well done
                  sally

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                  • #10
                    I love all of these, they sound like hard work though!

                    Hope you saw the thread I posted thanking you for my keyring. It's perfect!!!
                    Diane
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                    • #11
                      Love the top left one. The middle middle kinda looks like a Christmas tree, lol.

                      Fabulous work
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Lord farquhar View Post
                        Ok how I did these is a follows. I got some3.5mm diameter silicone bronze brazing rods. You can get other types of bronze but this is supposed to be the best for forgeing and it has no nickle in it. I tried at first running it through the rolling mill but it was a real pain as its so hard. I then decided to hammer it cold on an anvil. It worked for a while but as I was squaring it off it sheared and split in the middle due to work hardening I think.

                        So i fired the forge up low and heated it up to dark cherry red and then its very easy to forge. You could easily do this with just a torch and a fire brick as its only small, thin stuff. I squared a section about 10 long and drew the ends out to make them thinner. The using a pair of old chain nose pliers you just use them to bend the hot metal into shape just like you would with round nose pliers when making loops for wire jewelery. (don't use round nose for hot work, they get hot as they are so thin and get ruined very fast)

                        When finished I lay them flat on the anvil and flattened them and dropped them in cold water to scold any scale off. Into the pickle and time for a cuppa then out and wash with washing up liquid and a scotch bright dish washing sponge and Bob's your uncle
                        Interesting! Thanks for explaining.

                        I wonder how they'd look left in the round? Or twisted after squaring off? Or with the loops not quite touching...

                        They'd make nice keyfobs, too, although they'd maybe need to be a teeny bit bigger for that. Or maybe, if you can roughly duplicate the shapes in both thicker and thinner rod, matching earring and necklace sets...

                        I really love the shapes - PM me with a price for these, and the other metals?
                        Cheers,
                        Scorch

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                        • #13
                          I never know what tools to use when bending silver!
                          i burn myself i did once use an ovenmitt and it burnt a hole through it. would think lifting weights and lifting bike a lot would have a really strong grip, nope!

                          Do like the brass, a bit special.... kind of egyptian style, would look sleek with black, and yeah the more unisex jewellery the better (so much mens jewellery is made from wood, like to see other materials)
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