One nice thing about pierced work is, is it can be done with minimal tools. I like the origami-like simplicity of it. Above is a piece of nickel silver cut into the shape of a llama. I did it for student(4th grade) who made me a pic of a llama and I thought I should pay her back. For the last couple of years, I had a 4th period study hall and could sit at a desk and saw these out. I've done a lot of cats and cute stuff.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
You can see the drawing she sent me and you can see the piece before I buffed it to a high shine. Since the recipient was a 4th grade girl, I figured a bright, shiny look would be prefered.
This is another one I did for a student. I did the drawing from a popular game called Zelda. Originally drawn by a Japanese guy by the name of Shigeru Miyamoto. We study the guy for a day or so in 7th grade art class. The scene I took it from, at a student's suggestion, looked like a "Sword in the Stone" borrow. This was done on a thick-ish(close to 1mm) piece of scrap aluminum. Aluminum is cheap, usually available as scrap, and cuts easy, albeit a bit gummy. I'd like to learn how to anodize aluminum, but have not spent the time/money yet to learn.
I did a couple of these dragons, again, for students. This one is based on a drawing done by a student.
This one is done from a pic of Mt. Whitney. I took the pic many years ago when I was on a motorcycle trip. I bolted a piece of heat altered titanium behind the cut out nickel silver to give it a sky. Same thing for the dragon above.
The two above are again, taken from student drawings. We were doing a project involving the images of Egypt, and I did a pendant for one of the student drawings. I wish I would have taken a pic of the drawing. It was 12"x 18, and student did real well on the drawing.
The ones above are ripped from Egyptian imagery. I added a moonstone to one of them. I tried to engrave some lines, which came out ok, but I need to do a bit better.
Posted by Mike Tayse