May 17, 2016

Berry bonnets

Received another order of vintage jewelry finds, brass, bendable, to see if I could shape them into caps.  These were flat and yes you can pound them to bend but without a mold or form, it's just about impossible to form evenly.  Plus, the wide edges cannot be bent down without crimping a little. 

Not liking the bright brass can be easily remedied with spray paint, silver or pewter. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The very large filigree was one of a kind and fits a good sized berry, the others were also flat and after shaping, are the same size as the ones from Karin.  If I ever find another large brass filigree would I try again?  Not likely. Probably not.  Maybe.  If it was very adaptable.  Sure.  Just thought I'd let you see it can be done if anyone was thinking about it.  This largest piece was 54mm before shaping and I ordered brass only, because I believe other metals are harder and may break, not bend.
 
See?  I'm still full of boring and mostly useless information.
 
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11 comments:

Meari said...

What if you hammered in against a round thing... like a large ball pean hammer?

debbie haggard said...

I think yours look awesome and I can't tell at all that they were flat and then formed manually. Good job!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Oh I like them. I finally made pillows for my bowl and now i need to make berries...

Rugs and Pugs said...

You just find the best stuff! I tried to find more berry caps on etsy, and I just came up with crocheted hats...lol!
Lauren

Linda said...

Please, never consider yourself useless or boring. I have been following your blog for quite some time and love every word. The berry is wonderful and Miss Spinney, just gorgeous. I would miss you and your personality. You are unique and oh, so talented. Thank you for lifting my spirits on many occasions.

Vickie said...

What a berry! So cool. You must have quite a collection now!

Simple Pleasure said...

I am so thrilled that you share your adventures and stitching experiments with us...I've learned so much!
Patricia

Mary Locklear said...

I love ALL your posts. You are a very sharing and caring person. I've learned so much from your blog.

Mary said...

I love when you share, successes and mistakes. I always learn something new. The berry is very cute.

Heritage Hall said...

Still waiting to hear about berry caps from your source, although placed
when you first alerted us. Love the berry in today's post...

Maggee said...

Not boring and not useless... filed away for possible use later! Hugs!

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