Friday, June 22, 2012

A little creativity on Friday

Those "who must be obeyed" indicated that beating metal was not yet wise - however it was agreed that maybe a little bit of rescue and assemblage was in order. Over three shortish sessions today I managed to create two pendants from found metal objects. The base of the piece in the photo below started life as the screw cap on an old brass hand pump.

©2012 Barry Smith - Fragments of light - former life hand pump screw cap
In the photo below you can see the condition of the found metal before the process starts.

©2012 Barry Smith - Found metal - brass screw cap and handle
And then after a bit of cutting, drilling, straightening and polishing they are ready for assembling. Both pieces retain some of their original form and patina.

©2012 Barry Smith - Droplet - former brass handle
©2012 Barry Smith - Brass Screw cap - reformed
Today was a bright and warm sunny day so I have incorporated Swarovski crystals and bright stirling silver wire into both pieces to reflect and capture the light of the day.  The crystals are free to slide and spin on the stirling silver wires. Droplet is about 50-60mm long; and Fragments of light is about 30mm in diameter.

©2012 Barry Smith - Droplet with square crystals
©2012 Barry Smith - Fragments of light with crystals
©2012 Barry Smith - Back of Fragments of light with clear crystals ref acting the light
©2012 Barry Smith - Droplet with clear crystals - refracting the light
It has been a good feeling to be back in the studio even doing a small thing or two. I think these two pendants will make their way into the shop.


  1. I had a feeling you'd be back at creating in one way or another sooner rather than later! But now you've more than earned a restful weekend - so take it easy! Best to you both.

  2. it must have felt so great to polish, design and execute... i always find myself in awe of how you envision things in their raw forms - how you see more in them... it's a gift, for sure... so glad your friday involved metal this week...

  3. Wonderful compositions, I really like your use of the objects destroyed, really creative. Greetings.

  4. Hello, Barry.

      Sense and expression.
      Aesthetically your work has been held by both.

      The prayer for all peace.
      I wish You all the best.
    Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma ❃

  5. Looks like your creativity is straining at the leash Barry. Give yourself time....

  6. With all you've been thru glad you're getting "back on the saddle" a bit. Hope you're feeling better every day! I'm like dead over here!! Just can't find the spark to fire up. It will come however I have faith.

  7. TT/G, MJ, L, R, JM & SZQ - it certainly felt good to do a little ceasing with metal and thanks for the support. TT/G - yep - back but still baby steps. MJ - it felt good and good to see things in the discarded. L- even the destroyed offer opportunities./ JM - taking it easy. SZQ - back in the saddle but only a quiet pony; and once it cools I know you will be cutting and creating. Go well. B

  8. Looks like a fair bit of cutting there Barry! Take it easy. But Wow! What lovely pieces you've formed here.

  9. mmm.... gently does it.... lovely to see, both the results & just to enjoy your creativity xo


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