I was recently asked to make one of these bangles in a specific size for Small Space.
It had certainly been a while since I'd made of these so naturally I was a little bit nervous as to whether I could still do it, whilst being 7 months pregnant no less!
The technique used to form this type of bangle is called 'anticlastic raising', which was something I experimented with during my final year at Tafe - as I said, it had been a while.
Luckily I had documented the process well so I had great notes to refer back to, and I had made at least 5 of these when I first finished studying for various orders and stockists so I had a bit of practice up my sleeve.
This time I decided to photo document the making, as I wanted to better express the process to anyone interested, and also to show just how involved it is! Here's a few snapshots of my anticlastic day in the studio...
|flat sheet bangle before forming|
|the forming starts on a hardwood specially shaped stake|
|before each annealing (of which there are so many) the piece is covered in a boric/borax/metho mixture to protect it from firescale...|
|and set on fire. Flambé!|
|more forming continues, starting to take shape now|
|the curve is deepened now on a metal stake in at least two more stages, always annealing in between of course|
|here you can see the effect of the deepening of the curve and the decreasing width of the bangle|
|more annealing, always annealing|
|now forming the edges further over to form a deeper curve|
|flattening the egdes and working out any inconsistencies|
|folding the edge right over, working from each side in equal hammer strikes|
|closing the edge tight so the central gold ring can spin freely|
|cleaning up the edges, after the ring has been soldered in. After cleanup the oxidising and polishing and then all done :)|
A rather involved process as you can see, but nice to know I can still do it after a few years!
Posted by Susan Ewington