I get obsessed. I am obsessed with metal clay right now. I work with bronze clay that I make myself so I can afford to try almost anything I want. I am currently trying to make hollow forms using glass marbles as molds. Did I mention that I am obsessed with hollow forms?
A couple of years ago, I was obsessed with boxes. And what is a box but a hollow form? Here are some pictures from one of the projects. Click on the pictures for captions.
I really am horrible at measuring no matter how hard I try. This part of the box came together rather easily, much to my surprise.
Next comes the hinges. Gaaaa! I really don’t know what I’m doing. But I did take a class with Richard Salley (fabulous teacher) where we made hinges. I think I learned more than I realized.
I know bupkis about making closures for boxes but I saw this one in a book somewhere and it looked forgiving enough.
And here’s the box! It’s about 2″ tall and 3/4″ wide.
I heartily recommend Hinges and Hinge Based Catches for Jewelers and Goldsmiths, by Charles Lewton-Brain and The Metalsmith’s Book of Boxes and Lockets by Tim McCreight.
This is amazing. I’m simply trying to make hollow box forms in PC, and you’re doing it in metal clay! It looks like you’re off to a very creative summer. Congratulations. Arlene
Arlene, It’s not metal clay. It’s brass sheet. I am not yet skilled enough to make a box out of metal clay. That’s a whole different set-o-chops. :-). For now, I am trying hollow metal clay beads.