Wednesday, December 31, 2008

swinging on the hinge...

almost a year ago, i learned how to make itty bitty teeeny weeeny hinges in silversmithing class. this particular design was created by my teacher then, so i am unable to sell it. since i slaved so hard over this one i think i'd perfer to keep it anyway! it really was interesting, and i wrote every step down (theres like 35) in my notebook so someday, i'll attempt to create another one. i am still surprised that i managed to pull off working with such tiny pieces of metal. the hinge still makes that little "snap" which means that i constructed it correctly ;o> i used this special wheel that suzy had to give it a brushed finish, over a mottled texture that i had given it prior. then a touch of 24k keum-boo.....ah yes, that's nice.



7 comments:

Janice said...

Love hinges!!! Yours looks perfect! Can you share how the clasp part works? Is it a double wire or is there a little 'nib' on it that prevents the 'slide' part from coming out?

Janice said...

OOPs, sorry, I can now see it - fabulous work!

Eve M Metalsmith said...

thank you so much for the compliment Janice, that means a lot coming from someone whos work i highly admire!
yes that little nib was hard to do, but oh so rewarding once complete. i carefully documented every step of this, and have been wanting to attempt a hinge on a new idea i have been dreaming up! soon.........

laurel said...

hinges are so much fun to make! great clasp.

Eve M Metalsmith said...

thanks Laurel! i did have a ton of fun making this...it's been a while though, i need to pull out my notes and have another go at it!

danielle embry said...

Beautiful!! Hinges are tough to do well. This piece is great!

Eve M Metalsmith said...

thanks Danielle! all of these lovely responses to my hinge attempt have really been inspiring me to have another go at it...i really would love to attempt a locket type pendant which swings on a hinge and closes with a cute little clasp ;o)