As you know I use a lot of dies in my paper crafting but did you know that you can also create your own dies to press form shapes in silversmithing?
Die forming has been the new project since my silversmithing class returned in January after the Christmas break. The first thing I had to decide on was what shape to design. I decided that a really useful shape is the good old heart. I wanted to work in copper and brass as sheet silver is so expensive and just for experimenting these cheaper metals are good to experiment with.
I sketched a heart onto paper and cut it out in 5mm copper and perspex.
I stuck the 2 pieces together and had to carefully file the "die" until I had very smooth surfaces.
This took a few weeks.......
Once the die was made I was able to have a play with my metals and textures. A "sandwich" of acrylic, metal and the die is put into a press.
This is the press....it is huge!
I had great fun playing and below are a few more pieces.
I have some plans to turn these into pendants. I also plan to try soldering 2 hearts together to create a 3D pendant too. Our class is on half term for 2 weeks so I will keep you posted with what I make when we go back,
So my card today has to involves die cut hearts doesn't it. It's another case of when 2 crafts collide I think.
This is a Valentine's day card I made for my Etsy shop which is for sale here.
It's very CAS for me but I liked this simple design with the striking colours. Red, black and white is such a great colour combination.
Die cuts can be so effective. After coming up with my design I just stamped and embossed a simple Clearly Besotted sentiment in red and added a ribbon.
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Pixie's snippets playground 3/3 #214 I used a snippet of black card for my die cut and a snippet of ribbon.
Whimsy stamps with love
Crafting from the heart 2/3 anything goes
Try it on Tuesday 2/5 a fine romance
Artistic Inspirations 2/3 anything goes/twist of Valentine
Noor UK love
The Ribbon Girl 3/3 with love
Papercreator must be love
The Artistic stamper love my sentiment is stamped
The Craft Barn triplets I have used 3 colours, red, white and black
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday have a heart
Creative Inspirations hugs and kisses
Creative Corner 1/3 Valentine's/love
That's Crafty 1/3 love
Thanks for visiting today and I hope you have your Valentine's cards bought or made....only one more weekend to sort things out. I can't show the one I have made my Hb yet as it's a Guest design post for one of my favourite card challenges...you'll have to wait until 19 Feb to see it.
Enjoy the upcoming weekend, we are off to Southampton to catch up with Daisy and Co...I can't wait.
Bye for now,