Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Danielle's Bud Vase - Part 3

To conclude the making of my bud vase...

Now that I have all my parts, I have to make them fit together! I file neck so it will sit flush on the top dome with little or no gaps. This takes a while: taking a little metal off here...checking the fit...taking a little metal off there...checking the fit ...and so on...

Once I have the fit perfect, I mark where I want to neck to be attached to the top dome and cut a hole into it.

Then stitches or burs are raised with a graver to hold the neck from moving (I will show you this a little later) and it is soldered into place.

The next step is to make a seat for the vase to sit on. I air raised a shallow dome into my larger bottom hemisphere.
Then the top inside egde is marked for placement and burs are raised to hold the two halves together during soldering. This technique of raising burs to keep things from sliding around was new to me and I love it! When I was taught in school, we used binding wire...which sometimes distorts your work and sticks to it. :(

It is soldered upside down so solder can be added to the lip (which will be removed later).

It's together!
The lip is sawed off and filed.

Lastly, the piece is heated, pickled and brass brushed many times over to raise the fine silver to the surface and give it this final finish. TA DA!

9 comments:

Wolf said...

That is absolutely stunning!

MoonRae said...

Ohhhhhhh....I'm with Wolf, STUNNING!! Thanks so much for sharing the process

temno said...

Amazing, absolutely! Never seen anything like this!

JMNPOTTERY said...

OMG! That is gorgeous!

Intentional said...

Thank you so much for sharing your vase.

Gorgeous!

sarawestermark said...

Danielle--You are absolutely amazing. I love the modern lines to this piece. You Rock!!!

sophie (duckduckgoosestuff) said...

It is fantastic to see that process and hear it explained; you make it seem deceptively clear.
and a truly gorgeous piece of work...

Phantasteria said...

Wow... that is plain beutifull!
Very well executed idea indeed!

mU said...

WOW Danielle!! You are my hero! This is SO amazing and perfect!! I really loved it. Thanks for sharing your fantastic work!!!!!!!

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