I had a blast learning how to do Pierce Work. This particular skill set involves a very, very thin saw blade and a sheet of metal. It is as simple as cutting out a stencil type drawing with a jeweler's saw. Sounds easy, right? Well, no, not really. It definitely takes practice... and patience.
My first pierce work piece was a paw heart. It involved cutting out tiny paw print shapes in a heart shaped piece of copper. Well, let me back up, the heart shape was actually cut after I cut the paws. First I applied a pattern to be cut to the metal. I quickly learned that glue stick didn't work very well. Rubber cement did the trick.
|Paper pattern glued to sheet metal|
|Next- drill very small pilot holes to insert the saw blade.|
|Did I mention the word small? That's an allergy pill.|
|The whole thing is just over 4" high.|
|Cut it out. Had to drill a bail hole and bevel the inside edge. See the pilot holes for the paw that was too small to cut?|
|Brush finish for some bite for the patina. Bail added. Edges filed and finished with a burnisher.|
When I first started this, I didn't have any files small enough for the holes. I have since gotten some. While this isn't perfect, I like it and my daughter, who is a dog handler, liked it.
Here are a few more pierced pieces, not necessarily in order of completion. (They got better every time.)
|This tiny pattern was attached to 2 pieces of of glued up 24g copper. Cut one time for 2 earring pieces.|
|I impressed me. LOL!|
|Cat in the Cat|
|Another paw heart- freshly patinaed and finished.|
|First one of many. I perfected this over time.|
|A little better this time.|
|Cut and etched|