Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pins for Yuma Symposium 2011

Here is the documentation of the pins I made

 A grouping
I began with an equilateral triangle

I then cut a taper on one side

I turned it over & folded the top
I hammered the fold and forged the taper to match the diameter of the bead hole
The pin is now annealed and the fold is opened.
The ears are bent on the top portion of the pin. A hole is drilled to accept the taper.
A few well placed plateaus are created using LMD (Localized Metal Deformation)
the tie pin back is now soldered onto the back

The bead is threaded through the taper end and then the taper is passed through the hole and bend over securing the bead in place.

The entire pin is placed into a chemical soaked medium and then left there for several hours.The pin is removed and washed and waxed.
The high spots are buffed to exposed and polish the copper. A final waxing and it is ready for the Symposium.

I love creating and viewing process.

I completed 50 pins plus the nine steps shown above.


Cris Leonard said...

Very nice Fred! I'll really enjoy reading your blog.

goldcutter said...

Thank you for posting these images. It's always interesting to see how a maker approaches the work, how it develops. Nice and easy, but very interesting piece. Thanks for posting the link to your blog on your fb page, I'm glad to have found it.

Lora Hart said...

What a generous sharing of your process Mr. Zweig! Thanks for the pictorial tutorial.

Laura Chalifoux said...

Thank you so much for sharing your process for this lovely and innovative design!

I love the combinations of techniques - each one so simple in itself, but in combination they create a work of vibrancy. The bent ears! I do a lot of work with fold-forming and reticulation, and yet that detail had never occurred to me for softening corners. And I'm very pleased to learn the term Localized Metal Deformation - I've used the technique, but didn't know it had a special name. Although no doubt I've heard it from at least one instructor over the years.

You don't mention it in your post, but is there a conventional pin fastening on the back?

Thank you for the inspiration and instruction.

- Laura

Fred Zweig said...

Hi Laura,

The term Localized Metal Deformation is one that I have coined.

The Yuma pins that I make have the conventional tie tack back.

Feel free to contact me anytime.


Kalaya Steede said...

Hi Fred! I am in the process of making pins for Yuma this year. Will you be there? It is a different mind set. Trying to come up with a design that will be quick. I don't think I'm there yet. I'm sawing out the piece that will be soldered to all of my pins. I may only make only 30 but I'm trying!!! Thanks for sharing. Hope to meet you in Yuma.

Hammer757 said...

Realy Brilliant! I become a process junkie sometimes when I'm working and this was a real treat. This is inspiring.